Australian athletes questioned by police over accreditation

Australia's Andrew Bogut walks off the court

The Australian athletes’ fellow basketball players also suffered a disappointing night – losing to Serbia 61-87.

“The athletes were held at a police station for many hours and I apologise for the trauma they went through, the problem with the accreditation was not their fault” said Chiller, who met with those involved along with AOC chief executive Fiona de Jong today.

Stickers were placed over the original accreditations of the athletes.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has launched an internal investigation into the incident, in which the group of Australians were removed from the basketball game because their accreditation had been tampered with to allow them access.

The athletes were charged with using false documents, Rio de Janeiro Civil Police said during a news conference Saturday.

Archer Alec Potts won bronze before the incident.

“I’m very disappointed that they had to go through what they did go through last night”. “The athletes are not at fault and we will provide counselling”. She said they would not be further punished by Australia.

The group remained at the venue until 9pm when they were moved to the Olympic Park police station.

The Australians’ offence was relatively trivial, akin to holding up the fence wire to get a mate into the footy.

The charges, which are punishable with a jail term under Brazilian law, would not go before the courts for at least three weeks. The law is part of a wider scheme to combat ticket scalping at the Games.

Ms de Jong maintained it was an innocent mistake but refused to take questions.

The 10 Olympians were detained by Brazilian authorities for 10 hours. “The concept of falsifying a document is probably a universal principle”.

Olympic security efforts were renewed this week after USA swimmer Ryan Lochte alleged he was robbed at gunpoint along with two other athletes. “Our athletes were dealt with entirely fairly. We have apologised for that mistake before the magistrate and prosecutor”, Ms de Jong said.

Matthew Glaetzer was not charged but detained as a witness.

“For legal reasons I am not in a position to elaborate except to say it is important to know that the Australian athletes were definitely not at fault”.

“The tone and content of her letter, and her conversation with me, proved to me that she now very much understands the seriousness of our safety protocols”, Chiller told media.

The International Olympic Committee wants more information about the matter before deciding whether to take any action.

“With regard to the Australian swimmers (sic).it happened obviously last night, I got only information this morning, I can not yet comment”. “Hopefully, they can all be on that charter [flight home] on Monday night”.

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