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Namibian boxer accused of sexual assault eliminated from Olympics


Released Namibian boxer Jonas Junias, arrested on Sunday over rape allegations, has been eliminated from the boxing competition in Rio after losing to Hassan Amzile of France in the light welter weight division.

“That was my all to the people who believe in me and my innocents. Having sleepless nights and kept behind closed doors for nothing is not easy. I was drowned out and still went for the fight,” Junias wrote on his facebook page after the fight.

Junias is accused of attempting to sexually assault a house keeper in the Olympic village.

It is alleged that Junias tried kissing a maid by force, after an attempt to sleep with her in exchange for money.

The release was made possible through the the intervention of the Namibian embassy in Brazil.

The Namibia National Olympic Committee says it will work on restoring Junias’s honour and reputation.

“That process unfortunately comes at a cost and we urge the public to support Jonas by making a contribution to enable us to vindicate Jonas. Anybody who wishes to assist financially can contact the offices of the Namibia National Olympic Committee for banking details. Any contributions must be clearly marked ´Jonas´,” The Namibian news site quotes a Namibian Olympic game official as saying.

The spokesperson of the Olympic Committee says Brazil’s legal system allows Junias to be declared innocent until proven guilty.

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