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Moroccan boxer arrested in Rio in connection with sexual assaults

Hassan Saada (Pic: Getty)
Hassan Saada (Pic: Getty)

Police in Rio de Janeiro have detained an Olympic boxer over allegations that he sexually assaulted two Brazilian women.

Officers said they had arrested Moroccan fighter Hassan Saada for possible assaults on two women working as chambermaids in the Olympic Village.

According to the police statement, the attacks happened on Wednesday.

Police said Saada will be held in custody for 15 days while they conduct an investigation. Under Brazilian law, suspects can be held for a long period of time while a case is examined.

Light heavyweight Saada was due to fight Mehmet Nadir of Turkey in the preliminary rounds on Saturday. He was not predicted to be a medal contender.

Chief investigator Carolina Salomao said the women had filed a report saying the 22-year-old boxer asked them to go to his room, then restrained and fondled them.

"They were cleaning the room right across from his, and he assaulted them. He groped the breast of one of them and touched the other woman's thigh. They were able to get out," Ms Salomao told reporters.

The detective said Saada shared the room with two other athletes, but was alone at the time of the alleged assault.