Moroccan Olympic Boxer Hassan Saada Arrested in Rio on Sex Assault Allegations

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Boxer Saada Hassan.YURI CORTEZ / AFP - Getty Images

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By The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police on Friday arrested Moroccan Olympic boxer Hassan Saada on allegations he sexually assaulted two Brazilian women.

Police said in a statement they detained Saada after possible assaults on two Brazilian women who worked as waitresses in the Olympic Village on Wednesday. No other details were given.

Boxer Saada Hassan.YURI CORTEZ / AFP - Getty Images

Saada will be jailed for a period of 15 days while they conduct a rape investigation, police said. Under Brazilian law, suspects can be held for a long period of time while a case is examined.

He was due to compete Saturday. A light heavyweight boxer, he was set to fight Mehmet Nadir of Turkey in the preliminary rounds Saturday at 12:30 p.m. He was not predicted to be a medal contender.