Riyadh: The Brazilian police arrested a Moroccan boxer for harassing two women in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic village last Wednesday.
A Brazilian judge remanded heavyweight Hassan Saada, 22, in prison for 15 days pending police investigation into claims that he sexually molested the two women, reported Arabic daily Al-Marsd.
The heavyweight category boxer was due to take part in his first fight on Saturday.
However his detention could mean the end of the road for his participation in Rio 2016.
A Rio police spokesman confirmed the detention of the Moroccan boxer on charges of ‘raping’ the two women.
According to the police, the suspect invited the two waitresses to his room and started touching their legs and other parts of their bodies – all in front of two other athletes.
Head of the Moroccan delegation Noureddine bin Abdulnabi dismissed the allegations and said that Moroccan embassy has hired a Brazilian lawyer to defend him in court.
Other eyewitnesses said that the waitresses started screaming before accusing Saada of harassing them which led to his arrest.
The heavyweight champion, who is married, was supposed to take on Turkish Mohammed Nader Onal on Saturday.