Saturday 18 January 2020

Namibian flag bearer arrested on suspicion off sexual assault in Rio

Flagbearer Jonas Junius of Namibia
Flagbearer Jonas Junius of Namibia

Matt Slater

Namibian boxer Jonas Junius has been arrested on suspicion of a sexual assault in the Olympic Village, Rio police have confirmed.

Junius, a light-welterweight who was due to fight Hassan Amzile in the first round on Thursday, has been detained after allegedly attempting to grab and kiss a maid.

The alleged incident took place on Monday night and Junius, Namibia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday night, was taken to the nearest police station in Recreio for questioning.

A statement on the Rio civil police's official website said: "Recreio police said yesterday, August 7, that Jonas Junius was arrested.

"Jonas tried to grab and kiss a maid who managed to extricate herself. The incident occurred on the 11th floor of the hall in building two of the Olympic Village."

The International Boxing Association (AIBA), amateur boxing's world governing body, was aware of the incident.

A spokesman for AIBA said: "AIBA has taken note of the serious allegations towards a Namibian boxer who was due to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

"We understand that the situation is being dealt with by the local Brazilian authorities and have complete confidence that they will handle the matter appropriately."

If charged, the suspect will be detained in Bangu prison, where Moroccan Hassan Saada has been held since Friday.

He was charged with attempted rape after he was alleged to have propositioned two Olympic Village cleaners, grabbing one of them, on Wednesday.

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