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S Korean cyclist hit by car while training in Rio

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web_photo_cyclist_02082016: South Korean cyclist hit by car during training in Rio. © pixabay South Korean cyclist hit by car during training in Rio.

A South Korean cyclist was slightly injured when he was hit by a car while training on the streets of ahead of the Olympics Games which start on Friday, the federal traffic police said on Tuesday.

Kim Ok-cheol, 21, was struck by the rear view mirror of a car when he was training within the Tijuca national park in Rio and suffered scratches when but did not need to be taken for treatment in hospital, police said.

"It was a minor incident with . He did not want to be taken to hospital," a spokesperson for the traffic police, Jose Helio Macedo, told Reuters.

He said that police officers happened to be passing by the spot when the Traffic police will escort cyclists during the road race events.

The local organising committee, Rio 2016, said the accident was a minor event and Tuesday was not an official training day for cycling events.

Kim was a bronze medallist at this year's Asian championships in the team pursuit.

The men's road race even starts on Saturday. 

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