Australian athletes evacuated and robbed after a fire in their building

Representing your country in the Olympics is one of the highest honours for an athlete, but should you do it

Representing your country in the Olympics is one of the highest honours for an athlete, but should you do it if your safety is at risk?

That’s the dilemma many of our Olympic contenders are facing this morning after they were robbed and forced to evacuate their building due to a fire in the basement last night.

Perhaps most frightening of all is the fact that the fire alarm didn’t even go off as it had been disabled due to “maintenance” being carried out in the athlete’s village.

Many athletes didn’t even realise what was going on, with Australian shooter Warren Potent sleeping through the whole thing.

The fire is believed to have started in the basement after a worker flicked his cigarette into a pile of rubbish on the ground.

It was dealt with by the local fire brigade after they were alerted to it, but if it had of been worse the outcome could have been much graver for Warren and others.

To make matter worse, the team was robbed while they were waiting outside the building, with thieves making off with a laptop and clothing.

The event is just the latest in a string of reports about muggings, kidnappings and theft taking place all over Rio as the athletes roll in.

Some people are now calling for athletes to get out while they still can, saying it’s not worth the risk to their safety.

What are your thoughts?

Should Aussie athletes consider leaving Rio and pulling out of the Games? Or should they stick it out?

  1. LynetteOZ  

    Athletes and visitors to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have been hoodwinked by authorities into thinking it is a safe place and that security is adequate.
    I was there three years ago within two days of the Pope’s arrival. Police were visible on the streets. A family friend who is a resident of Rio was with me while we were sitting down eating on the Copacabana Boulevard. We were stood over by three men, one who held a large knife. My friend spoke to them in Portuguese and I think this saved me from being robbed because they were unnerved by the fact he was not a tourist. They still robbed him of $1000 worth of items: $$, his iPhone and watch…. Then walked off into the crowd and were gone. It was in the afternoon and thousands of people were in the same vicinity.
    It is a beautiful city, but the scourge are the Favella’s (slums) and the thugs and thieves who live among the poor residents.

    • Rob  

      Having prior knowledge of the unseemly happenings that could occur here, have some presence to take the necessary precautions. Use some commonsence.

    • Lurch  

      To put it Bluntly 10th world coumtry and it is not only the criminals you have to worry about.

  2. Wayne Watkins  

    The Oz team should have been issued with bullet & knife proof vests . The thugs in this city prey on tourists and right now its a smorgasbord for them .

  3. It is not worth the risk to their lives to stay. no amount of medals do you any good once you are dead

  4. Gillian Simpson  

    They should not have gone in the first place, the warnings were all there. First with the health crisis and then with the street violence. Get out while you can.

  5. cee  

    Come home guys, we all know you are Olympians, you don’t need to die to prove it!

  6. Lyn  

    Get out now guys….you are top athletes you don’t have to prove anything to anyone, stay safe, stay healthy

  7. Gregory  

    It’s about time the Olympic Games were scrapped totally.

    WHY the IOC awarded them to this ‘tenth’ world country I’ve no idea, but it should not have happened.
    There are many countries’ which shouldn’t even be considered, & Brazil is just one of them.

    Why can’t every Country that’s there, have their own Security Force, from their own Country present, for each their athletes’ protection? It’s certainly needed.
    Next we’ll hear of an athlete being murdered.

    These Games will go down in history as the most farcical ones’.

    • Don Lerwiis  

      The reason the Oympics mare being held in Rio is because the IOC runs on graft and corruption. Just look at the bribes paid the commissioners

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