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Rio Olympics 2016: US athlete’s mother’s suitcase deemed ‘suspicious’, destroyed by authorities

Everyday, the Olympics offer incredible stories of athletes pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, magnificent comebacks and hard fought victories which often come down to fraction of a second.

But then there are also stories of athletes getting robbed at gunpoint, suspended TV cameras crashing to the ground, swimming pools turning green (and smelling like 'fart') and police officers getting shot at.

Representational image. Getty

Representational image. Getty

The Rio Games is a really a mixed bag.

And talking of bags, the mother of American volleyball player, Carli Lloyd, had her suitcase exploded by authorities after it was deemed to be suspicious, she told The New York Times.

Her mother, Cindy Lloyd,  had left the suitcase at the cruise ship where she is staying as she had to rush to see her Carli’s first match.

When Cindy returned a few hours later, she was pulled into an interrogation room and shown the charred remains of her suitcase. It had been blown up as authorities suspected it was a bomb.

"Some of the clothes were salvageable, but some were melted. Some had holes. My American flag was melted," said Cindy.

But just like the Games, things go on. The cruise line will be reimbursing Cindy for her for the cost of replacing all the ruined items and also provided her with free food and beverages.


Updated Date: Aug 16, 2016 13:35 PM

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