RIO DE JANEIRO — Ryan Lochte and 3 other American swimmers were pounded during gunpoint early Sunday by thieves posing as military officers who stopped their cab and took their income and belongings, a U.S. Olympic Committee said.
In a latest confidence occurrence to strike a Rio de Janeiro Games, Lochte told NBC that one of a robbers put a gun to his front before holding his wallet. No one was injured.
Lochte, in a matter posted on amicable media describing a incident, also pronounced he will aim to validate for a Tokyo Games in 2020.
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Lochte and his teammates were returning to a athletes encampment by cab after a night out during a French Olympic team’s liberality residence in a Rodrigo de Freitas area in a upscale south section of a city. The tour was several hours after Olympic swimming finished Saturday night during a Rio Games.
“Their cab was stopped by people posing as armed military officers who demanded a athletes’ income and other personal belongings,” USOC orator Patrick Sandusky pronounced in a statement. “All 4 athletes are protected and auxiliary with authorities.”
Bentz and Conger were also partial of that relay, their usually eventuality in Rio. Feigen was on a 4×100-meter freestyle relay, another bullion leader for a U.S. in Rio.
“We got pulled over, in a taxi, and these guys came out with a badge, a military badge, no lights, no zero only a military badge and they pulled us over,” Lochte told NBC’s “Today” uncover . “They pulled out their guns, they told a other swimmers to get down on a belligerent — they got down on a ground. we refused, we was like we didn’t do anything wrong, so — I’m not removing down on a ground.
“And afterwards a man pulled out his gun, he standing it, put it to my front and he said, ‘Get down,’ and we put my hands up, we was like ‘whatever.’ He took a money, he took my wallet — he left my cellphone, he left my credentials.”
USA Today and Fox Sports Australia initial reported a news, citing Lochte’s mother, Ileana Lochte.
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— Gunnar Bentz (@TheGunnyBunny) August 14, 2016
Word of a spoliation overwhelmed off a sequence of difficulty between Olympic and U.S. officials. An International Olympic Committee orator pronounced reports of a spoliation were “absolutely not true,” afterwards topsy-turvy himself, apologized and pronounced he was relying on initial information from a USOC that was wrong.
“I couldn’t trust it,” pronounced Michael Phelps, a good crony of Lochte’s and one of his roommates in a athletes village. Phelps spent a dusk with his family and wasn’t out with his teammates.
Brazil’s sports minister, Leonardo Picciani, pronounced that a swimmers were “outside their places of foe and outward a suitable time.” He pronounced no contestant had run into problems during a venues or in a athletes village.
Street crime was a vital regard of Olympic organizers going into a games. Brazil deployed 85,000 soldiers and military to secure a games, twice as many as Britain used during a 2012 London Olympics.
Last week, a Brazilian confidence officer was fatally shot after holding a wrong spin into a dangerous favela, or slum. Two Australian rowing coaches were pounded and pounded by dual assailants in Ipanema, and Portugal’s preparation apportion was hold adult during knifepoint on a bustling street.
In addition, wandering bullets have twice landed in a equestrian venue, and dual windows were cracked on a train carrying reporters in an conflict that Rio organizers blamed on rocks and others claimed was gunfire.
American swimmer Nathan Adrian pronounced he’s not endangered about his safety.
“Rio is an extraordinary city,” he said. “There’s going to be problems anywhere we go. We have been briefed on how to lessen those risks as good as possible.”
Now that swimming is over, Adrian added, a athletes wish to see a sights and sounds of Rio.
“We only came off an extraordinary performance,” he said. “All of us are prepared to suffer that a small bit after a prolonged time operative unequivocally hard.”
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.