Security Responds To An Incident In The Olympic Barns

Aug 10, 2016 - 7:27 AM
Officials released a general statement but no details about a security incident in the barns this morning. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

Rio de Janeiro—Aug. 10

Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games press officer Anja Krabbe announced an official statement about an incident in the stable area at the National Equestrian Center where the Olympic equestrian events are being held.

“We are aware of an incident in the stable area this morning,” she said. “The security authorities responded rapidly and are onsite now establishing the facts. We will update you as soon as we have more information. In the mean time, additional security has ben deployed to the venue to support the investigation and insure the security of everyone on site: this is our first priority.”

Krabbe said no horses or humans are injured. She didn’t comment on whether anyone was in custody or arrested. She promised to keep the press updated as information becomes available.

Officials have repeatedly emphasized the National Equestrian Center where the equestrian events are taking place has the best security of any facility at the games. There are many armed officials on and near the premises. The first day of Grand Prix dressage competition started today.

This announcement comes on the heels of other security concerns surrounding the Games, including a bullet that landed in the equestrian media center on Aug. 6 and an attack on a media bus last night. 

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

Mollie Bailey and Lindsay Berreth are on the ground in Rio de Janeiro for the Chronicle and will be reporting with all the news, fantastic photos and behind-the-scenes details all posted on www.coth.com. Your go-to page for all things Olympic is http://www.chronofhorse.com/2016-Olympics

We’ll have live blogs of competition sessions, Twitter updates, blogs, photo galleries, stories about each day’s competition and so much more. Don’t miss a thing—we’ll have everything you need to know. Also make sure to follow along on the Chronicle’s social media outlets: FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat (@chronofhorse).

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