With just 38 days to go to this year’s Summer Olympic Games it comes with sad news that another athlete has been attacked on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Australian Paralympian Liesl Tesch and team physiotherapist Sarah Ross were both pushed from their bicycles, threatened at gunpoint and robbed. London 2012 gold medallist Liesl and Sarah were unharmed but described the event as horrific.
Sadly this is not an isolated event as both the Spanish and Great British Sailing Teams have experienced issues within Rio.
Brazilian authorities maintain that both the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be safe for all with a security force of 100,000 in place and that Rio is ready to host the Olympics.
Staying safe while in Rio
· Be aware of your surroundings and familiarise yourself with how to get to and from your accommodation. Holding a map in the middle of the street is a good indicator that you are a tourist and that you will have money and valued possessions with you.
· Three is not a crowd! Stick together and travel in groups.
· Don’t carry valuable items with you.
· Take a taxi. If you are unsure of your route, need to travel through uncertain parts of the city or it is dark a taxi is a safe way to get you where you need to go.
42 Olympic Sport Disciplines
23 Paralympic Sport Disciplines
306 Olympic Events
528 Paralympic Events
37 Olympic Rio Venues
21 Paralympic Rio Venues
206 Countries competing in Olympic Games
176 Countries competing in Paralympic Games