Ten Australian athletes detained in Rio for alleged accreditation tampering

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ten Australian athletes have been detained in Rio De Janeiro by Brazilian authorities after allegedly tampering with their accreditations in order to watch the Australian Basketball Team in the semi-final against Serbia. The incident occurred on Friday evening local time.

The Australian Olympic committee has confirmed that 10 athletes from various sports have been taken to a police station near the Olympic Park and negotiations are still underway to have the athletes released. Chief executive of the Australian Olympic Committee, Fiona de Jong, released a statement concerning the incident, “Ten of the Australian athletes didn’t have accreditation to be in that part of the venue. The Brazilian authorities and us are working through the issues. Nobody has been arrested and we will provide you with a detailed statement when those discussions have advanced.”

The alleged accreditation alterations could potentially see immediate deportation for the 10 Australians as the formal accreditations also doubles as their Brazilian visas. Some of the athletes detained include, captain of the rugby sevens Ed Jenkins, archer Alec Potts, Cyclist Matthew Glaetzer and rowers Fiona Albert and Lucy Stephen.



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