A member of the British Olympic team was held up at gunpoint in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 16th, according to reports.
The victim has not yet been named and remains in shock, according to The Telegraph, with the incident occurring just two days after American swimmers Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger reported having been also robbed at gunpoint at some point during a taxi cab ride.
In response to the British Olympian’s alleged situation, Team GB officials have given warnings to athletes, directing competitors to not leave the Athletes Village, as it is ‘not worth the risk’. If athletes do indeed leave the village, they should do so without wearing their official Olympic kit and by also avoiding taking taxis.
Team GB communicated to its contingency via email to “avoid leaving the village after dark in anything other than British Olympic Association/Local Organising Committee/UK Athletics transport – taxis cannot be considered safe late at night. If you are planning on going out after dark and have no way of returning other than via taxi, do not go out”.
Additional warnings from the British Olympic Association, as printed by The Telegraph are as follows:
“Do not go out of the village wearing Team GB kit or carry anything of value unless absolutely unavoidable – this makes you too big a target for theft/crime.”
“Rio is NOT a safe environment, and the level of crime has spiked in the last few days,” it adds.
“Think very carefully about whether it is worth the risk of leaving the village to celebrate after you have finished competing – BOA/UKA staff cannot guarantee your safety when away from the village/British School/British House. Our strong advice is that it is simply not worth the risk given the current climate in Rio.”