STUFF.CO.NZ: DODDS IN BAD LUCK RUN
July 27th 2015: New Zealand Olympian Tony Dodds’ luck has taken another turn for the worse with the injured triathlete robbed twice in Barcelona last week.
Dodds, 28, arrived in Spain last Monday with the New Zealand team and was robbed while still at the airport. The already-injured athlete would miss the Olympics simulation race in Rio, Brazil this weekend.
In a post on Facebook on Saturday , Dodds said “some scumbags stole my backpack at the airport with passport, laptop phone and 3000 euros in cash”.
“Then come today Barcelona put out there [sic] best and broke into my rental car and stole all my luggage, everything I had here. I’m left with what I’m wearing and a bike that thankfully they couldn’t fit out the car! Insurance is once again going to love me!”
Dodds’ Wanaka-based mother, Sandie Dodds, said her son, who was New Zealand’s highest finishing male in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 10th place, was devastated but “he is going to be fine”.
He had a strong team around him and his Cambridge-based coach, Tim Frazier, was staying back in Spain with Dodds this week to prepare him for world series races at Edmonton and Chicago, she said.