Published On: Sat, Aug 20th, 2016

Police release 10 Australians accused of tampering with Rio 2016 credentials

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The Associated Press

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The Australian athletes detained by police in Rio de Janeiro after a flap over credentials at an Olympic basketball game have been released and a team official says they will pay a fine.

Australian Olympic Committee secretary-general Fiona de Jong spoke briefly to media as the athletes left a courthouse near the Olympic venues before dawn Saturday. She says the athletes apologized to a Brazilian judge and prosecutor after accessing a venue without the right credentials. De Jong did not say how much the fine will be.

The Australia Associated Press had reported that 10 athletes were detained for allegedly altering their credentials to improve their seats Friday at the Australian men’s semifinal basketball game against Serbia.

Australia lost to Serbia 87-61 and will face Spain for the bronze.

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