DANISH athletes at the Rio Olympics have had mobile phones, clothing and an iPad stolen, the county’s chef de mission has confirmed.
“In connection with the many extra workers, cleaners and housekeepers who have been squeezed into the Olympic village because of our requirements and requests, we have been subjected to a series of thefts,” Morten Rodtwitt said.
“It’s everything from phones, iPads and clothes to something as trivial as bed sheets,” he said, adding that he himself had his iPad stolen.
Since July 18 the Danish delegation has lodged around 150 complaints over problems in its 36 apartments in the Olympic village.
“The buildings are simply not in order,” Ulrik Wilbek, sports director of the Danish Handball Federation, told TV 2.
Security at the Olympic village has been tightened following the theft of a computer and team shirts from the Australian delegation during a fire evacuation, team officials said Sunday.
Australia chef de mission Kitty Chiller told reporters that a laptop and team jerseys were stolen when the facility was evacuated for a small blaze on Friday.
Rio’s crime rate has been one of the biggest concerns heading into the Olympics. China revealed on Friday that members of its Olympic delegation had already fallen victim to theft.