Rio Olympic committee says employees acted alone



SAO PAULO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers say employees accused of stealing confidential files from the London games acted alone but did not intend to harm either organization.

The Rio committee says they acted “without the knowledge of their immediate bosses or any other Rio 2016 leaders.”

It said in a statement Tuesday that the 10 workers had been given access to the files, but were fired because they were not allowed to make copies of the documents without authorization.

Rio organizers said they didn’t make the case public because the investigation only ended last week. It also said the London committee thanked the 2016 team for its cooperation and swift action to solve the case.

Brazil’s Sports Minister on Monday called the episode “lamentable.”