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British Olympian Robbed After Night Out in Rio de Janeiro

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Britain fans wave flags after Britain's Jason Kenny won the Men's Keirin finals track cycling event at the Velodrome during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. (Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 12:43 PM

A British Olympian was reportedly robbed early Tuesday morning while returning from a night out.

"We can confirm there has been an incident of theft involving a Team GB athlete returning to their accommodation," a British Olympic Association spokesperson said, according to ABC News. "All members of our delegation, including the individual concerned, are accounted for, and are safe and well."

The incident was first reported by The Guardian, which said British Olympic officials have warned athletes that leaving the Olympic Village is risky and urged them against wearing Team GB apparel or taking taxis outside of the village.

"Rio is NOT a safe environment, and the level of crime has spiked in the last few days," British track and field officials said in an email to athletes after Tuesday's incident. "Think very carefully about whether it is worth the risk of 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."

News of Tuesday's robbery comes amid a mounting controversy over claims that U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte and three teammates were robbed at gunpoint. Brazilian authorities have ordered the swimmers to remain in the country after doubts arose about the story. Lochte had already returned to the U.S., however, when the order was made.

The unnamed British athlete involved in Tuesday's incident is reportedly unharmed but in shock.

Great Britain took 366 athletes to Rio, the BBC noted.

British boxer Joshua Buatsi told the BBC he "felt safe" in Rio.

"When I go out I don't have on anything to catch the eye of someone looking to rob you," he said, adding that security briefings were "common sense."

International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told the BBC that it is up to individual teams to determine whether it is safe for their athletes to leave the village.

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