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Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves

Olympic thieves have robbed Denmark’s team of mobile phones, clothes and sheets, and even had the cheek to deprive Morten Rodtwitt, the country’s Olympic boss of his iPad.

Robbed in Rio: Danish Olympic team hit by thieves
The Danish rooms in Rio's Olympic Village are "simply not in order". Photo: Morten Rodtwitt
“It’s extremely irritating,” Morten Rodtwitt, Denmark’s chef de mission in Rio, told Berlingske
 
“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,” he told TV2
 
The thefts come on top of a string of problems with the athletes rooms which have forced the Danish delegation to complain of no fewer than 150 issues with their 36 apartments.
 
“The buildings here are simply not in order,” Ulrik Wilbek, the head of the Danish handball association, told TV2.”The conditions are not in order. It is not clean here. It is unpleasant to go and wash in the bathing facilities.” 
 
One of the handball team, Casper Mortensen told TV2 that a sink had collapsed simply because he leaned on it.
 
However, Rodtwitt said he didn’t expect the many problems to affect his athletes chances in the games. 
 
“The athletes have been good at abstracting from it. They have been super cool,” he told Berlingske. 
 
The Rio Olympics has its official opening ceremony on Friday. 
 
This was how Morten Rodtwitt's Olympic office looked when he arrived in July. 
 

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Denmark joins calls to postpone Tokyo Olympics until pandemic over

Denmark has joined the chorus of countries, including Norway, the UK, Croatia, and Brazil, calling for the Olympics to be postponed for a year.

Denmark joins calls to postpone Tokyo Olympics until pandemic over
Morten Mølholm, Director General of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark, at a press conference, back in 2018. Photo: Asger Ladefoged/Ritzau Scanpix
Morten Mølholm, Director General of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), said that he believed the Summer Olympics in Tokyo should be held in 2021 instead.  
 
“We have great respect for the complicated situation the IOC are in, because the Olympics are a big thing,” he told Danish state broadcaster DR. “But we are having a hard time seeing us having an Olympics in the current situation. That's why we think the right solution is to postpone them.” 
 
The decision comes after Norway on Friday sent a formal letter to the IOC, calling for them to postpone the games until the the pandemic is “under firm control on a national scale”. 
 
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The IOC on Sunday responded to mounting pressure with a statement promising to “step up scenario planning” for the games. IOC President Thomas Bach last week said it was “premature” to consider postponing them. The DIF on Wednesday echoed this position, saying that it was “too early to decide”. 
 
But Mølholm told DR on Sunday that even putting the risk of reigniting the pandemic on hold, he did not see how an Olympics held in today's conditions could be fair on athletes. 
 
“At the moment we are in a totally chaotic situation, where many athletes do not have the opportunity to train, and participate in qualifying rounds. Therefore, the only right thing is to create clarity about the situation by taking the decision to postpone it.” 
 
“We do not believe that we can have a fair Olympics this year, as the conditions will be so different for the different athletes.” 
 
He said that difficulties re-booking venues would probably make it practically difficult to postpone by only a few months, making a postponement of a full year the best option. 
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