JuniasNamibian team flag bearer at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Jonas Junias, has been arrested at the Rio Olympics Athletes Village accused of the sexual assault of a housemaid.

Rio police said the 22-year-old was arrested in the act on Sunday night when he grabbed and tried to kiss the woman in a corridor on the 11th floor of building number 2 at the village.

He’s been held in custody pending investigations, a police statement said.

Junias was the Namibian team’s flag bearer at the Games opening ceremony. He was to compete in the Men’s light welterweight, 64kg division on Friday August 12.

Rio 2016 director of communications Mario Andrada confirmed that the committee was aware an athlete had been arrested but declined to name him until the police investigation is concluded.

Moroccan athlete too

It is the second time an athlete, and a boxer, has been arrested for rape at the village. On Friday morning, a Moroccan boxer, Hassan Saada, also 22, was arrested for what a Rio police statement said was the rape of two Brazilian housekeepers at the village on Wednesday.

Under Brazilian law, a rape accusation includes any sexual act committed without permission.

Both athletes remain in custody.

Other updates

Russian Olympics squadThe International Paralympic Committee on Sunday announced it was immediately suspending the entire Russian Paralympic contingent because of a rampant doping scandal. The move was punishment for the country running a doping operation that polluted sports by prioritizing “medals over morals,” according to the IPC.

The 2016 Paralympics will take place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, from September 7-18.

Only 271 of the 389 athletes of the Russian contingent were cleared to take part in the ongoing 2016 Olympics, leaving out 118, following the doping scandal that trailed the Russians prior to the sporting fiesta.

KELMENDI GOLDKosovo got its first ever Olympic gold medal on Monday through judo athlete Majlinda Kelmendi. Kelmendi clinched the historic gold in the Women’s 52 kg Weight Class.

Reacting to her landmark achievement she said, “I’m so happy. To be honest, I came here for the gold medal, but it’s crazy. I’m so happy for me, for my coach, for all my country. This is the first time that Kosovo is part of the Olympics, and for the first time, I think gold is huge.”

On what the medal means to her country, Kelmendi said, “That means a lot. People, especially kids, in Kosovo look to me as a hero. I just proved to them that even after the war, even after we survived a war, if they want something, they can have it. If they want to be Olympic champions, they can be. Even if we come from a small country, poor country.”

PHELPS GOLD

 

US swimmer, Michael Phelps returned to the Olympics with a bang, winning his 19th gold medal to become the most decorated Olympian of all time. The 31-year-old, who quit the sport after the 2012 Games, now has a total medal haul of 23 after performing a stunning second leg in the Americans’ 4×100 meters freestyle relay victory.

 

 

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