Australian Olympic rowing coaches robbed at knifepoint in Rio and ‘violently assaulted by two teenage boys’

Australia rowers Alexander Lloyd, right, gestures beside Spencer Turrin during the Men's Pair competition at the Lagoa stadium in Rio
Australia rowers Alexander Lloyd, right, gestures beside Spencer Turrin during the Men’s Pair competition at the Lagoa stadium in Rio

Two Australian rowing coaches were robbed at knife-point by two teenage boys in Rio in the latest security failure at the Games.

The coaches were wearing their team uniforms and were walking a short distance back to their hotel near Ipanema Beach after the opening ceremony on Friday, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

The coaches were reportedly violently assaulted during the incident after being approached by two teenage boys, including one who pulled out a knife and demanded money.

It is the latest of a string of security breaches in Rio. Above, authorities warn that the city is not safe

One coach was grabbed around the throat before the attackers stole credit cards, mobile phones and an Australian team blazer, Nine News reported.

‘One coach was robbed of his wallet which contained a credit card, and he also lost his team blazer which he was carrying over his arm at the time,’ Australian Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Tancred said, according to SMH. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

SOURCES:  UK Daily Mail/Associated Press/NewsNow/The Sydney Morning Herald

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