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Commonwealth Games Athlete On Trial For Sexual Assault during Games

A weightlifter taking part in the Commonwealth games will go on trial this week after being accused of sexual assault.

Toua Udia, 26, a competitor from Papa New Guinea was arrested after an incident in a Tesco supermarket in Glasgow was reported.

The incident allegedly occurred on Monday 21st July and Udia competed at the Clyde Auditorium in the weightlifting competition the following weekend.

The athlete was charged under the Sexual Offences Act at Glasgow Sheriff Court and pleaded not guilty – the case is scheduled to go to trial on Friday. A spokeswoman from Police Scotland said:

“At around 5.10pm on Monday July 21 police received a report of an incident at Tesco’s supermarket on Dalmarnock Road, Rutherglen. A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an alleged assault.”

The Commonwealth Games Federation, have stated that they are aware of the allegation. said it was aware of the allegation. Chief executive Mike Hooper said:

“A male athlete has been charged with an offence, he is due to appear this week in the court.Clearly there is a presumption of innocence which we all enjoy, and so really there is nothing more I can add to that.It certainly didn’t impact on his ability to compete because there was no condition placed upon him.The reality is it’s an allegation that has been made, it is being investigated by the police, it is their role to follow through, and we do not interfere in their process.”

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