Ten Australian athletes 'detained in Rio for accreditation tampering'

Ten Australian athletes have been detained in Rio de Janeiro for tampering with Olympic accreditation in order to gain better seats at a basketball match, Australian media reported Saturday.

The athletes were arrested and taken into custody during the men's basketball semi-final between Australia and Serbia on Friday night, broadcaster ABC said.

An Australian lawyer was with them at the police station. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, amongst those detained were athletes representing Australia in cycling, rugby sevens and rowing. 

The Australian Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation of the reports.

Last update: Sat, 20/08/2016 - 11:10

More from World

Trump says he doesn't like tweeting, then tweets some more

More than 20 million people follow Donald Trump's Twitter account, but the US president-elect seems to consider...

Colombia reaches deal to begin peace talks with ELN rebels

Colombia and the ELN (National Liberation Army) rebel group have reached an agreement to begin peace negotiations...

Trump's UN ambassador pick expresses concern about Israel's treatment

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Donald Trump's pick to serve as US ambassador to the UN, expressed concern...

Liberation of east Mosul nearly complete, Iraq's al-Abadi says

Iraqi security forces are close to ending Islamic State resistance on the east bank of the Tigris river in Mosul,...

Presidential powers: What Trump can and can't do

The powers of US presidents are relatively constrained, legally, compared to leaders in many other democracies.