Australian athletes entered Olympic arena by “mistake”: official

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The head of the Australian Olympic Committee says several of its Olympic athletes entered a basketball arena without the proper accreditation by “mistake.” Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Australian athletes entered Olympic arena by “mistake”: official

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)

Australian Olympic athletes entered an Olympic basketball arena without the correct accreditation by “mistake,” the head of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said on Saturday (August 20).

Fiona de Jong spoke to reporters outside a police station in Rio de Janeiro after the athletes were taken in for questioning by Brazilian police late on Friday (August 19).

The athletes entered the basketball arena to watch a semi-final game between Australia and Serbia earlier that day.

“We have agreed on an outcome which is the payment of a fine and good behaviour bond for each of the athletes involved,” Jong said.

She said a news conference will be held by Australia’s Olympic chef de mission, Killy Chiller, on Sunday (August 21).

Officials for the International Olympic Committee and the Rio 2016 organizing committee were not available for comment.

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