Two Australian swimmers have landed in hot water after a night out in Rio de Janeiro ended in an alleged robbery. After competing in the Rio Olympics 2016, Josh Palmer and Emma McKeon decided to go clubbing. When they failed to return to the Olympic Village with the rest of their group, they were slapped with the penalty of being banned from the Closing Ceremonies.
Competing in the Olympics is a dream come true for any athlete. Unfortunately for Josh Palmer and Emma McKeon, what was supposed to be the highlight of their careers ended in disappointment. According to ABC, the pair went partying in the Copacabana area with a group of their swimmers on Tuesday night. While the rest of the team managed to return to the Olympic Village, the pair chose to stay behind.
“McKeon chose to stay the night with swimming friends in the Copa district without informing team management,” read a statement which was issued by Australian Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller. McKeon reportedly decided not to return to the Olympic Village alone after she became separated from the rest of the group. While McKeon’s evening was largely uneventful, Palmer was not as fortunate.
“Palmer has told officials that after his friend left, he was approached by a man who forced him to withdraw $1,000 in cash from a nearby automatic teller machine,” said the statement. Luckily, Palmer was found safe but disoriented. Two businessmen reportedly assisted him by getting in touch with the Australian consulate. He was later collected there by Swimming Team Leader Wayne Lomas.
The pair have been ordered to stay in the Olympic Village from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. for the remainder of their stay. They will also be missing out on the Rio Olympics 2016 Closing Ceremonies. Palmer finished fifth in his heat on day 1 of the 1,000m breaststroke. Meanwhile, Emma McKeon won four medals in the games. She has a gold medal from the 4x100m freestyle relay, two silver medals from two other relay categories and a bronze in the 200m freestyle.