Connect with us

News

#Rio2016: Ryan Lochte and 3 other #TeamUSA Olympic Swimmers have been Robbed in Rio

Published

 on

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 12: Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

Gold medal-winner Ryan Lochte and three other members of the US Olympic swimming team have been robbed at Rio.

Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen were stopped by people posing as armed police, the US Olympic Committee (USOC) said in a statement according to BBC.

The robbers demanded money and other personal belongings.

Initially the International Olympic Committee (IOC) denied reports of the robbery, before the US committee confirmed it had taken place.

All four athletes are safe and co-operating with authorities,” the USOC’s statement said.

The group had been attending a party at the French Olympic team’s hospitality house when their taxi was stopped on the way back to the athletes’ village.

Earlier, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said reports of the robbery were “absolutely not true”.

In the build-up to the games, three members of the Spanish Olympics sailing team and an Australian paralympian were robbed at gunpoint.

The Brazilian authorities have deployed more than 80,000 police and soldiers to patrol Rio during the games.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Matt Hazlett

6 Comments

  1. Cheezy

    August 14, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Na wa for these brazilians sef! Anyway don’t really blame them, their economy is bad. Naija will be worse!

  2. Lilian Nne

    August 14, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    That’s one thing I like about the white people. They don’t take chances. Can you imagine the number of policemen deployed to ensure safety?

  3. Nya

    August 14, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Can you imagine if an African country was hosting these Olympics? Rio has been of a poor standard but they have hardly criticised it.

    • Just my 1 Cents

      August 14, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Azz in, I was just thinking the same thing. Remember how South Africa was heavily criticized for hosting the World Cup?? Mind you they did wayyyyyy much better than Brazil is right now.

      If this same things that has been happening in Brazil (deaths, disease, unsanitary conditions) were to happen in Africa, some nations would have downright boycotted the games. Trust oyinbo people and their superiority complex

    • ATL's finest

      August 15, 2016 at 4:13 am

      Lmao! God bless U. Anyways Tokyo 2020 won’t ve all these Nonsense going on right now. Like seriously did anyone ever thought Brazil’s economy/life style was better than that of Nigeria??? In short, I don’t know which is better I swear ??. Well all I can say is when your sport is OVER & you are done, just head back home. I think swimming is over now.

  4. Tutu

    August 15, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I saw a video of them stealing in broad day light. It’s so bad!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tangerine Africa
css.php