Eight Men On Cuba's National Volleyball Team Are Being Held On Rape Allegations

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Eight members of Cuba’s men’s national volleyball team—including the team’s captain—are currently being detained in Finland on charges of aggravated rape.


Local police say that three players between the ages of 19 and 21 were arrested in the city of Tampere on Saturday morning, with five more arrests following on Sunday, the Finnish outlet Yle reports.

According to the station, the incident allegedly took place in the Tampere hotel where the team was staying for the FIVB Volleyball World League finals. Inspector Joni Länsipuro, who is heading the investigation, said police have already interviewed an alleged victim, though it’s unclear whether there are others. The men are being held until investigators determine whether formal arrests will be made, a decision they’ve got until noon on Tuesday to make:

“I have not made this decision yet,” said Länsipuro. “When the prosecutor comes to work on Monday, we’ll discuss this.”

Later he added: “It is quite natural that they most likely will not be able to leave Finland on Monday as planned.”

Cuba lost to Finland 3-1 on Saturday following the absence of its detained players. As of now, Cuba is still scheduled to play in the Rio Summer Olympics, which begin on August 5.

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We can now welcome a new sport to the running list of professional athletic pursuits troubled by allegations of sexual violence. Hello, volleyball. You are an...unexpected addition.