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Published: Tue, August 23, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Australian athletes released by police after agreeing to fine

Australian athletes released by police after agreeing to fine

First, our nine athletes were detained for 10 hours by police in Rio and threatened with jail for tampering with their accreditation passes, now a new twist has been added to the Olympic drama.

It's been reported posters of Olympic greats Cathy Freeman and Herb Elliott were replaced by swimming on their floor of the athletes' village while they replaced the "one team" catch cry for "our team" which the Dolphins have used for the best part of two years.

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 Australian Olympic Committee chief executive, Fiona de Jong, accompanied the athletes throughout the evening and led negotiations with a magistrate, who presided over a specially convened State Special Events Court in a building directly across from the Olympic Park.

The AOC said it is looking into what happened.

Chiller thought Australia's future looked bright heading towards the Tokyo Olympics and that all the hard work that had gone in to improving the team's culture had been worthwhile.

The Australian athletes leaving a police station.

"So they've got it together, and to be honest I'm not exactly sure what they've got together".

"I am very disappointed our athletes had to go through what then went through last night", Chiller said.

Chiller said tampering with accreditations to get into venues was widespread.

She said she wasn't interested in a blame game, but admitted the team fell well short of expectations.

Australia's eight gold, the same as London 2012 and the worst since 1992, put it in 10th place on the medals table after aiming for 16 gold and a top five place.

Wylie pointed out that the AU$134 million (US$101.69 million) distributed by Australia's Winning Edge funding program pales in comparison with the $476 million (US$ 361.24 million) given by UK's national lottery scheme.

Two years ago, Coates called Rio's preparations the "worst ever", and during the Games, said it was "the most difficult" Olympics the IOC had ever seen, due to Brazil's political and economic issues.

A spokesman for the Rio Olympic organisers called it a "minor incident".

Rio police could not be immediately reached for comment.

McKeon stayed out at a nightclub until the early hours of the morning, while Palmer headed to a beach kiosk with a friend to continue drinking.

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