An Irish Olympic athlete has posted harrowing photographs on-line after an assault that left him drenched in blood and requiring surgical procedure.
Dubliner Jack Woolley, who grew to become Eire‘s first-ever taekwondo Olympian at Tokyo 2020, mentioned he was attacked final evening in Dublin metropolis centre, by one in every of a bunch of individuals.
The 22-year-old posted photographs to his Instagram account displaying him slumped on the bottom, lined in blood. Mr Woolley was taken to St James’s Hospital, the place he mentioned he would require cosmetic surgery to a lip wound.
“Thanks all once more for the help and type messages,” he wrote. “I hope for a speedy restoration. It has been a troublesome couple of months.
The Olympian mentioned that, after going for dinner and drinks with a good friend, he was strolling alongside the River Liffey when a gang of “roughly 8-12 women and men” began “violently attacking individuals”.
Mr Woolley mentioned he was one of many individuals attacked, and was punched a single time within the face.
Irish boxing gold medallist Kellie Harrington was among the many many well-wishers responding to Mr Woolley’s publish.
“I am so offended studying this”, she mentioned. “I’m completely heart-broken for you…if I might provide the largest hug proper now I’d.”
“I do know you’d love to offer me a hug however not me lined in blood nonetheless”, he replied, “So pleased to know you and have your help. Means loads in instances like these.”
Mr Woolley’s profile in Eire had risen along with his qualification for Tokyo 2020, and a extremely emotional interview he gave after being defeated by an Argentinian opponent.
An Garda Siochana, the Irish police service, confirmed to Sky Information that officers had been referred to as to the scene of an assault at Grattan Bridge at round 12.40am on Saturday morning, and that the sufferer was being handled in hospital for non-life threatening accidents.
Police are persevering with to analyze, however no arrests have but been made.