BOA: Missing Team GB bags may not have been stolen

Nine kit bags belonging to British athletes have gone missing but the British Olympic Association (BOA) say reports that the luggage has been stolen from the Rio Olympic village are "unsubstantiated".

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BOA confirmed that bags haven't been traced but there is no proof that they have been stolen.

Nine kit bags belonging to British athletes have gone missing but the British Olympic Association (BOA) say reports that the luggage has been stolen from the Rio Olympic village are "unsubstantiated".

It was reported on the day of the opening ceremony that thieves took the belongings of swimmers from the rooms of Team GB swimmers on Thursday.

A BOA spokesperson confirmed to Omnisport that the bags have not been traced, but there is no proof that they were pinched and added that items in question are not specific to swimming.

"A small number of bags - 9 from a total of nearly 3,000 pieces of luggage - are currently unaccounted for following their transfer from Belo Horizonte to the Olympic Village in Rio." the spokesperson said.

"We are working hard to locate the bags as soon as possible. In the meantime all athletes continue to train as normal and are unaffected when it comes to training and competition wear.

"The focus of athletes involved is very much on the start of the Games and their own performances."