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Athletics: Australian weightlifter Etoundi arrested for alleged assault

Aussie Etoundi out of Commonwealth after being arrested over an alleged assault

AP, Thursday 31 Jul 2014
Francois Etoundi
Francois Etoundi

The Australian team says weightlifter Francois Etoundi has been stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation after being arrested over an alleged assault in the athletes' village in Glasgow.

Etoundi is due in court in Glasgow later Thursday after being arrested following an altercation early Wednesday morning.

The Cameroon-born Etoundi won the bronze medal in the 77-kilogram (170-pound) division on Sunday.

Australia team chief Steve Moneghetti says the incident occurred in the residential part of the village.

Moneghetti says Etoundi's accreditation was revoked before any conviction because the incident was ''a breach of the village rules.''

Moneghetti also announced Thursday that athletics head coach Eric Hollingsworth is being sent home for releasing an unauthorized statement criticizing Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson for not attending the team's pre-Glasgow training camp.

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