Namibian light welterweight boxer Jonas Junius has become the second fighter arrested at the 2016 Rio Olympic games for alleged sexual assault.
The 22-year-old was his nation’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the games, but is now reportedly being transported to Rio’s Bangu prison, writes The Independent.
Gabriel Elizondo of Al Jazeera has said police have accused the boxer of trying to force himself on a housekeeper.
JUST IN: Jonas Junius, Olympic boxer from Namibia, arrested for attempted sex assault of a housekeeper in Olympic Village, police say
— Gabriel Elizondo (@elizondogabriel) August 8, 2016
Junius, 22, was the flag bearer for Namibia at Opening Ceremonies. Police say he tried to force himself on a housekeeper.— Gabriel Elizondo (@elizondogabriel) August 8, 2016
Junius is expected to be transferred to Rio's Bangu prison later today.— Gabriel Elizondo (@elizondogabriel) August 8, 2016
Disturbingly, Junius is not the first boxer to have been apprehended by police in the city following reports of sexual assault.
Morocco’s Hassan Saada was arrested on Friday amid allegations he assaulted two housekeepers in the Olympic village last Wednesday.
The other Olympic boxer arrested in Rio for alleged rape: Hassan Saada, from Morocco. Arrested last Friday, accused of raping 2 housekeepers— Gabriel Elizondo (@elizondogabriel) August 8, 2016
Investigator Carolina Salomao is reported by the Associated Press as saying:
They were cleaning the room right across his, and he assaulted them. He groped the breast of one of them and touched the other woman’s thigh. They were able to get out.
Saada has been jailed for 15 days pending investigation, while Junius’ future remains unclear – the Namibian had been scheduled to fight France’s Hassan Amzile in his division’s round of 32 on Thursday.