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Olympics Rio 2016: Australian athletes released by Brazilian police after agreeing to fine

Australian athletes released by Brazilian police after agreeing to fine
By Reuters

20/08/2016 at 22:12Updated 21/08/2016 at 01:22

Several Australian Olympic athletes were released by Brazilian police on Saturday after agreeing to pay a fine for entering the basketball arena to watch a semi-final game between Australia and Serbia without proper accreditation, a team official said.

Fiona de Jong, chief executive of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), told reporters outside the police station where the athletes were taken for questioning late on Friday, that they had entered the arena without the correct accreditation by "mistake".

"We have agreed on an outcome which is the payment of a fine and a good behaviour bond for each of the athletes involved," Jong said.

Officials for the International Olympic Committee and the Rio 2016 organising committee were not available for comment.

It was the latest in a series of incidents involving Australian athletes at the Games.

A member of the team was robbed earlier this week in the centre of Rio, while, before the start of the Games, the team had refused to enter their accommodation in the Olympic Village until bad plumbing and faulty wiring were fixed.

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