Australian Paralympian Liesel Tesch was robbed of her bicycle at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro while on a fitness ride with her physiotherapist.
— Liesl Tesch (@LieslTesch) June 20, 2016
He then said something else and pointed the gun at me and pushed me in the shoulder and I just toppled over with my bicycle and he just grabbed my bicycle, and the other guy was wrestling the bicycle from our team physio. And they just rode off into the park. It was absolutely horrific, I can see it clear as day in my own head … it was a pistol.
Tesch will be returning home after the incident, arriving in her hometown of Woy Woy on Wednesday. She says her team has been supportive. “Our team has been so supportive and fantastic,” she said.
We will continue to work with the Australian Paralympic Committee and Australian Federal Police (AFP) to ensure our team has an appropriate level of security to ensure their safety in the lead-up to, and during, both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.