BRAZILIAN police have arrested a Moroccan boxer set to compete in the Rio Games on suspicion of sexually assaulting two female cleaners in his Olympic Village accommodation.
Light-heavyweight competitor Hassan Saada will have a different fight on his hands when transferred to a Rio prison to face questioning and be held for at least 15 days while police investigate the claims.
Local media are reporting that the 22-year-old threw a hapless maid up against a wall, pressing her thighs, groping her breasts and offering money for her body before she managed to escape, and violently attempted to kiss another.
“It has been necessary to arrest Hassan Saada to investigate the allegations against him. If he was at liberty there would be a risk that he could interfere with witnesses. And there is a risk that Hassan Saada could reoffend,” said judge Nunes Saly, who is officiating the case.