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Australian Athletes Detained by Police for Allegedly Tampering With Olympic Credentials

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A spokesperson from Australia speaks at a police station in Rio de Janeiro

Chiller said the athletes were "not at fault" but said she couldn't specify why.

The group, representing six different sports, sat in upgraded seats for last night's Australia versus Serbia men's basketball semi-final.

The nine - cyclists Ashlee Ankudinoff and Melissa Hoskins, rugby sevens player Ed Jenkins, archers Alec Potts and Ryan Tyack, rowers Olympia Aldersey, Fiona Albert and Lucy Stephens, and hockey player Simon Orchard - were charged with falsifying a document.

The athletes are being questioned at a Rio police station accompanied by AOC lawyer Fiona de Jong.

The AOC has said it will pay the athletes' fines and legal costs.

Chiller praised the Olympic team as a whole for the culture and support they brought to Rio throughout the Games, but notably was reluctant to discuss swimming's behaviour amid reports she'd been upset at some of their behaviour even before two swimmers were caught breaching team protocols in the second week of the Games.

Coates also names the likes of France and Germany, and says athletes in the latter are often in the police or armed forces and tend to do more training and working.

"With regard to the Australian swimmers (sic).it happened obviously last night, I got only information this morning, I can not yet comment".

The athletes knew they were using tampered accreditations but Chiller says it's not their fault.

Olympic athletes from Australia leave a police station after being questioned by Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro
Olympic athletes from Australia leave a police station after being questioned by Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro

The team eventually moved back to the village three days after the official opening.

She admitted the practice of doctoring accreditations so athletes can get into venues to watch events was widespread and used by many countries.

"To lead this Team into the MaracanĂ£ will be my greatest honour", she said on hearing the news.

The team had been aiming for a top-five finish on the medals table, but on Sunday, sat in ninth place.

'Whether you are from rowing, basketball, archery, athletics or any other sport you are a part of the Australian Olympic Team and that is something that is very special.

The 31-year-old world champion arrived in Rio as the hot gold medal favourite after going unbeaten since 2014, and she duly collected gold.

"This is a time when we should celebrate the achievements of our team", she said.

Swimmer Josh Palmer will be free to join them after being interviewed by Rio police for almost six hours on Saturday over his claims he was robbed at gunpoint in Copacabana.

The decision by Kitty Chiller to ban both Josh Palmer and Emma McKeon from attending the closing ceremony at Rio and to impose sanctions would appear to be harsh on the surface.

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