The Australian Olympic Committee has called for tougher security as athletes become the target of street robberies in Rio de Janeiro.
The AOC’s Chef de Mission to the Rio Games, Kitty Chiller, has written to organisers asking for them to create more security precautions to protect the athletes while they are in Rio.
This comes after two Australian Paralympic sailors were robbed at gun-point close to their accommodation.
The sailors were approached by two men in broad daylight while out bike riding. According to the AOC the men stole their bikes and pushed the two to the ground.
Ms Chiller said “This is not an isolated incident, athletes have been mugged while training or competing in Rio Test events and we want our athletes protected. I am sure the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) shares our view following this latest incident.”
In the wake of the attacks, Rio de Janeiro Mayor, Eduardo Da Costa Paes, has promised that the city will be safer before the start of the Summer Olympics. The mayor will look to involve more than 85,000 police and soldiers to secure the city, in the hopes to prevent more robberies from occurring. – Jesse Mullens
Screen grab of Kitty Chiller from the AOC website.