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In this image taken Sunday July 27, 2014 Papua New Guinea's Toua Udia competes in the Clean and Jerk of the men's 77kg Weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland. Toua Udia a weightlifter from Papua New Guinea competed at the Commonwealth Games despite being prosecuted over an alleged sexual assault while in Glasgow. Glasgow Sheriff Court says Toua Udia pleaded not guilty and faces trial on Friday Aug. 1, 2014. Police Scotland said Udia was arrested over the alleged assault after receiving a report of an incident last Monday at a supermarket close to the athletes’ village. (AP Photo/Andrew Milligan/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
Commonwealth Games lifter faces sex assault charge
First Published Jul 28 2014 08:26 am • Last Updated Jul 30 2014 05:36 pm

Glasgow, Scotland • A weightlifter from Papua New Guinea who competed at the Commonwealth Games faces trial over an alleged sexual assault at a Glasgow supermarket.

The Glasgow Sheriff Court says Toua Udia pleaded not guilty and will go on trial Friday.

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Police say the 22-year-old lifter was arrested after officers received a report of an incident last Monday at a supermarket near the athletes’ village.

Udia was quoted as telling Australia’s Fairfax media that "it was an accident. I don’t want to spoil my reputation."

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper says the criminal case against Udia "certainly didn’t impact on his ability to compete because there was no condition placed upon him."

Hooper adds "there is a presumption of innocence which we all enjoy."

Udia competed Sunday in the 77-kilogram division, finishing ninth.




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