Rio 2016: Team GB told not to leave village after athlete robbed at gunpoint

Rio 2016: Team GB told not to leave village after athlete robbed at gunpoint

A safety letter with a stark warning has been handed out to athletes, telling them "it's not worth the risk"

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Athletes have been told to stay in the Olympic village following the robbery of a team GB athlete in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

The Guardian originally reported that the athlete was held up while returning late at night, and while shaken, the team GB member was not harmed in the incident.

But it has led to a safety letter being given to members of the team. They have been told to remain within the olympic village for their own safety, and if they leave the compound, they can do so (at their own risk) after informing a manager where they're going. 

They have been warned not to wear their team GB kit outside of the village, because it could make them targets. 

The letter ended with a clear warning:

“Rio is NOT a safe environment, and the level of crime has spiked in the last few days.

“Think very carefully about whether it is worth 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.”