Namibian boxer detained on sexual assault charges

Junias — who served as his country's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony — is the second boxer to be detained for such a crime.

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Boxer Jonas Junias carries the Namibian flag at the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony.

Namibian boxer Jonas Junias has been arrested on suspicion of committing sexual assault at the Rio 2016 athletes village.

Junias — who served as his country's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony — is the second boxer to be detained for such a crime.

He had been due to begin his campaign in the light welterweight category against Hasan Amzile on Thursday, but could face a jail sentence. Morocco's Hassan Saada was given a 15-day sentence after being accused of trying to assault two maids.

A Rio police statement provided to Omnisport read: "Jonas Junias, boxing athlete member of the Olympic delegation of Namibia, was arrested for rape.

"Jonas tried to grab and kiss a maid who managed to avoid the act by pushing him. The incident occurred on the 11th floor of the hall, of the building 2 of the Olympic Village."

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