Two Australian Olympic rowing coaches were robbed at knifepoint Friday night while walking between hotels in Ipanema, a spokesperson for Australia’s Olympic Committee confirmed Saturday.
A reporter for Network Ten in Australia earlier reported the robbery on Twitter, and said one of the robbers with a large knife grabbed one of the coaches by the throat. Neither coach was hurt.
The committee spokesman, Mike Trancred, told NBC News the coaches were walking from one hotel to another about three blocks away when they were robbed by youths with a large knife. Their wallets, phones and one of their team blazers were taken, he said.
Australia’s sailing, triahtalon, beach volleyball and rowing teams, including the athletes, are staying at hotels in Ipanema.