Olympic Boxer Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Athletes' Village Maids

Josh Luckenbaugh | August 5, 2016
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Boxer Hassan Saada, a Moroccan Olympian scheduled to compete in his first bout of the Rio Games on Saturday, was arrested and detained by Brazilian police Friday morning after he allegedly sexually assaulted two chambermaids in the athletes' village.

Police reported that Saada, 22, pushed one maid against a wall and attempted to kiss her, before grabbing the breast of another maid and making sexually-obscene gestures towards her. 

Brazilian judge Larissa Nunes Saly ruled that Saada will remain in detainment for 15 days while the allegations are further investigated. According to the Daily Mail, the light-heavyweight boxer, who was not considered a medal contender, has been stripped of his Olympic competitor status. 

With the opening ceremony set to officially kick off the games Friday night, the last thing Olympic officials needed was yet another controversy. The lead-up to competition has included, among other things, a Russian doping scandal, fears of the Zika virus, concerns about the quality of Rio's water and air and complaints regarding security and the condition of the athletes' village.