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It was never unexpected that bad things like robberies, violence and drugs would be a problem at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but unwarranted attacks on athletes shows there are security lapses to be questioned.
A few hours ago, reports confirm that a Belgian judo medalist named Dirk Van Tichelt was attacked while celebrating his win on the Copacabana beach.
He never thought his partying would end up on a hospital bed but that just happened.
The Belgian Van Tichelt was attacked, a few hours after winning his first-ever Olympic medal. He won bronze in the 73-kg judo competition on Monday, and did no wrong wanting to relax and enjoy the wonderful moment.
Reports confirm that Van Tichelt was assaulted by a thief on the famous beach, and was struck in the face.
The thief, who was reportedly Brazilian, took away his mobile phone but wasn’t lucky to have the bronze medal.
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The Belgian Olympic Committee released a statement confirming the details, and saying that Van Tichelt didn’t require treatment at the hospital. He appeared at a media event the next day with a black eye, and, undoubtedly, a smile on his face.
Van Tichelt now has more than just a medal to commemorate his Olympic success.