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Australian Athletes Detained Over Rio Credentials Not Responsible: Official

The country’s olympic committee is paying the fine of about $3,120 USD

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    Kitty Chiller of Australia answers questions during a press conference on Aug. 20, 2016, at the Main Press Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    An Australian Olympic Committee official said the athletes detained and fined in Rio over tampered credentials were not responsible, according to NBC News. 

    "I think it's very important to note that the athletes were definitely not at fault," Australia Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said. The tampering involved a sticker being placed over the credentials, Australia's 9 News reported. 

    The athletes were detained while attending a basketball game between Australia and Serbia. They were charged with falsifying a document, according to a statement by the team. The country’s olympic committee is paying the fine of about $3,120 USD. 

    The AOC said it is looking into what happened.