RIO DE JANEIRO: Three members of Spain’s Olympic sailing team were robbed at gunpoint in a popular tourist area of Rio de Janeiro, where the Summer Games will start in less than three months, officials said on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
The sailors from the Nacra 17 catamaran class were in Santa Teresa, a picturesque part of Rio that is a favorite for foreign visitors, when “they were confronted by five people armed with two pistols,” the Spanish Sailing Federation said in a statement.
Olympic champion Fernando Echavarri, world and European champion Tara Pacheco and trainer Santi Lopez-Vazquez were robbed but “fortunately they did not suffer personal injury,” the sailing federation said.
“A bag with money, documents and a camera were taken” in the incident, Rio’s tourism police said in a statement. The Spanish team said the mugging occurred in the early hours of Saturday, while police said it was on Friday.
“Civil police are working to identify the authors of the crime and to recover the stolen objects,” said the police statement.
Spanish officials said the team was in Rio to train ahead of the Games which open August 5.