Australian athletes arrested at Rio Olympics for 'tampering with their accreditation'

  • 10 Australian athletes from at least three different sports questioned 
  • The athletes allegedly tampered with their accreditation passes 
  • Accreditation passes used to get better seats at the Boomers semi-final 
  • Athletes may have to pay a small fine if found to have done it 

John Carney for Daily Mail Australia

Up to 10 Australian athletes from at least three different sports are being questioned by police in Rio for allegedly tampering with their accreditation passes so they could get in to see the Australian basketball team play Serbia.

The athletes are now being questioned by Rio police after they tampered with their accreditation passes to get better seats at the Boomers semi-final, capping off a horror week for Australia’s chef de mission Kitty Chiller, the Sun Herald reports.

Australian officials implemented increased security policies for their Olympic athletes, including a ban on being on Copacabana and Ipanema beaches after dark in the wake of the Ryan Lochte controversy earlier this week when the US swimmer said he had been held at gunpoint and robbed.

The athletes are now being questioned by Rio police after they tampered with their accreditation passes to get better seats at the Boomers semi-final against Serbia

The athletes are now being questioned by Rio police after they tampered with their accreditation passes to get better seats at the Boomers semi-final against Serbia

Australian team media boss Mike Tancred confirmed police were talking to 10 Australian athletes over the incident and that they were being legally represented.

‘Some people tried to tamper with their accreditation,’ Tancred said.

‘They’ve got stopped by people over at the stadium.

‘It’s really a matter for the IOC as they’re in charge of accreditations. If you tamper with accreditations it is their problem.

Australian team media boss Mike Tancred confirmed police were talking to 10 Australian athletes

Australian team media boss Mike Tancred confirmed police were talking to 10 Australian athletes

‘We’re over there with the lawyer.’

Australian Olympic Committee lawyer Fiona de Jong is currently with the athletes who are still being questioned by police.

It is believed that the athletes may have to pay a small fine if they are found to have altered their accreditation. 

Athletes may have to pay a small fine if they are found to have altered their accreditation

Athletes may have to pay a small fine if they are found to have altered their accreditation

 

 

 

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