Ten Australian athletes 'detained in Rio for accreditation tampering'

Ten Australian athletes have been detained in Rio de Janeiro for tampering with Olympic accreditation in order to gain better seats at a basketball match, Australian media reported Saturday.

The athletes were arrested and taken into custody during the men's basketball semi-final between Australia and Serbia on Friday night, broadcaster ABC said.

An Australian lawyer was with them at the police station. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, amongst those detained were athletes representing Australia in cycling, rugby sevens and rowing. 

The Australian Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the reports.

Last update: Sat, 20/08/2016 - 11:10

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