Australian Athletes Fined For Improper Accreditation

Rio 2016

A group of Australian Olympic athletes have been fined by Brazilian Police after they tried to get into a venue they were not accredited for.

The group of 10 athletes were taken to a police station after trying to enter the basketball arena to watch a semi-final game between Australia and Serbia.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed that the athletes included Rugby Sevens Captain, Ed Jenkins and bronze medal winning cyclist, Matthew Glaetzer among others.

The AOC Chief Executive, Fiona de Jong, told ABC that the athletes did not have the correct accreditation, but denied earlier reports that they had been arrested.

“A mistake was made this evening.

“We have apologised for that mistake before the magistrate and prosecutor.

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

Officials of the International Olympic Committee and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee were not available for comment.

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