Rio 2016: Supporting basketball team lands Australian athletes in legal trouble


Nine Australian Olympians have been fined 10,000 reais (£2,387) after tampering with their accreditation in order to attend their country's men's basketball semi-final.

Australia went down 87-61 to Serbia in the final four on Friday, cheered on by a host of their compatriots who have been competing at Rio 2016.

However, their presence at the Carioca Arena raised the suspicions of tournament organisers, with the athletes moved from the sporting venue to the Olympic Park police station.

Investigations went on into the small hours of the morning, where the group were found to have falsified documents and threatened with jail.

However, the athletes were permitted to pay the fine, which will be covered in each instance by the Australian Olympic Committee, before being allowed back to the Athletes' Village at 0530 am local time.


The nine athletes found guilty:

Ashlee Ankudinoff - cycling 
Melissa Hoskins - cycling 
Ed Jenkins - rugby
Alec Potts - archery
Ryan Tyack - archery
Olympia Aldersey - rowing
Fiona Albert - rowing
Lucy Stephan - rowing
Simon Orchard - hockey