Rio Olympics 2016: Moroccan boxer out after being arrested for sexual assault

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 7: Moroccan boxer Hassan Saada will not compete in the Olympic Games, after a Brazilian court refused his request for temporary freedom on Saturday, following his arrest for allegedly assaulting two chambermaids in the Olympic Village.

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In a statement, the Brazilian justice ministry said that Saada, 22, had seen his petition for freedom denied, even though he was due to face Turkey's Nadir Mehmet Unal in a middleweight boxing bout on Saturday. Saada will therefore forfeit the tournament, reports Xinhua.

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The boxer is currently being held in prison in Rio de Janeiro after the two maids went to the police and accused him of sexual assault.

In a statement on Friday, the police said the Moroccan had called the two women to his room under pretext of having a request. When they arrived to his room, they said he attacked and touched them sexually. They added that other athletes were in the room and did nothing to stop him.

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