TVNZ reporter attacked in Beijing

Last updated 16:11 09/08/2008

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Respected Australian sports commentator Steve Robilliard, who is working for TVNZ during the Olympics, has been attacked just 100m from his hotel in Beijing.

Robilliard, an ABC netball commentator for almost 20 years, was hit with a broken chair as he walked towards the Hubei Hotel in the Haidian district of China’s capital city.

He is back at work covering the Olympics for TVNZ today, commentating at the gymnastics.

TVNZ news reporter Craig Stanaway said Robilliard suffered a small cut to the palm of his left hand in the unprovoked attack.

“He said it’s nothing too serious ... he reckons (the attacker) was drunk,” Stanaway told AAP.

“The hotel is highly embarrassed, a complaint has been lodged and they are doing a sweep of the area.”

TVNZ’s entire 124-strong team is staying at the hotel, about 45 minutes from the National Stadium.


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