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Jason Lee a New Zealand Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor living in Brazil says he was kidnapped this weekend in Rio de Janeiro ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

The 27 year-old athlete told that he was forced into a car by armed Policia Militar and made to withdraw the equivalent of nearly $1300 at various ATM's.

He says the police warned him not to report the incident and made efforts to avoid being seen.

"I don't think I've ever felt like I could possibly die," Lee said to the New Zealand news outlet.

Lee says he reported the incident to the civil police.

"One of the guys I was reporting it to said, 'we understand you are hesitant, because we are the Police, and that branch of the Police is so scary even we are afraid of them'," he said.

Just two days after reporting the incident, the Policia Militar arrived at Lee's apartment and he took to Twitter.

Lee has been living in Brazil for the past year and is the AFBJJ Pan Pacific Champion and NZG National Champion.

This incident is becoming increasingly worrisome and the BBC is reporting that Australian athletes were refusing to move into the Olympic Village over similar fears.

Lee is not on an Olympic team as jiu-jitsu is not an Olympic sport.


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