The coaches, who were returning to their rooms following an informal team meeting at the conclusion of the Games’ opening ceremonies, were approached by two teens carrying long knives and acting in a very threatening way, according to media reports.
Greg Nance, the Australian Olympic Team’s deputy director of welfare, said of the incident:
The coaches ended up unharmed, thankfully, but one was allegedly grabbed by the throat, while each were forced to hand over their wallets and phones.
One even was forced to give up his Australian team blazer, which the robbers stole as well, before running off into the night.
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