21 June 2016
As security concerns heighten for Brazilian organisers of the 2016 Olympics, an Australian Paralympic sailor and official were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, officials said on Tuesday.
Australian Sailing said in a statement that Athlete Liesl Tesch and team official Sarah Ross were riding bikes in a park near their hotel when they were confronted by two men, one carrying a pistol.
“Their bikes were the only property stolen during the incident,’’ the statement said, adding that the members were unharmed but shaken.
The sailing association said that the team competed in a race later in the day, adding that investigations into the incident were ongoing.
In May, three members of Spain’s Olympic sailing team were robbed at gunpoint in a popular tourist area in Rio de Janeiro.
Security is one of the main concerns for organisers of the Olympics, slated to open on August 5.