RIO DE JANEIRO — A Moroccan Olympic boxer was arrested Friday on allegations he sexually assaulted two Brazilian women.
Police said they arrested Hassan Saada for possible assaults Wednesday on the two housekeepers in the Olympic Village.
Chief investigator Carolina Salomao said the women filed a report this week, saying the 22-year-old boxer had asked them to go to his room, then restrained and fondled them.
"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," Salomao told reporters.
The detective said Saada shared the room with two other athletes, but was alone at the time of the alleged assault.
Saada will be jailed for 15 days while they investigate. Under Brazilian law, suspects can be held for a long period while a case is examined.
Police originally said in a statement the man had raped the housekeepers, but the investigator said it was a sexual assault. It's not clear what charges he is facing.
Olympic organizers said they are aware of the case and investigation.
Saada, a light heavyweight boxer, was scheduled to fight in the preliminary rounds Saturday against Mehmet Nadir of Turkey. Saada was not predicted to be a medal contender.
Calls and email messages left with the Moroccan Embassy in Rio de Janeiro were not immediately returned.