Olympic cyclist stabbed

2009-06-02 10:44

Potchefstroom - An Olympic cyclist was stabbed and injured in a house robbery in Potchefstroom in North West province, Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Hichem Chaabane, who achieved fifth place in the Beijing Olympics last year, was admitted to hospital with stab wounds to the shoulder and leg.

Chaabane, who is Algerian, and four fellow international cyclists were held up in a house in Potchefstroom at about 06:30 on Sunday.

The four robbers stabbed Chaabane and kicked and hit the other cyclists before making off with some cash, laptop computers and five cellphones, police said.

All the cyclists, who were training in Potchefstroom, are members of MTN's cycling team.

Chaabane was expected to be discharged from hospital on Tuesday. The other cyclists sustained minor injuries.