And so it begins…

Moroccan boxer Hassan Saada, 22, lost his chance to fight at the Rio Olympics on Friday morning when Brazilian police arrested and jailed him over allegations of sexual assault. A police statement said Saada allegedly attempted to rape two Brazilian women who work in the Olympic Village on Wednesday, after he asked one of the women to pose for a photo with him.

Saada was slated to fight Turkish boxer Mehmet Nadir in the preliminary rounds Saturday. Police said he will be held for at least 15 days while a rape investigation is conducted, though Brazilian law permits suspects to be held longer. Becca Stanek




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