x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Bahrain athletes have protest charges dropped

Bahrain News Agency said the king officially "forgave" the athletes.

MANAMA // Bahrain has halted trial proceedings for more than 100 athletes and dropped charges related to their participation in protests.

The athletes were among hundreds put on trial as part of a crackdown on Shiite-led dissent. Bahrain News Agency said the king officially "forgave" the athletes.

It's unclear what will happen to athletes already convicted.

A medal-winning bodybuilder, a national football team goalkeeper and a basketball player were sentenced Sunday to one year in prison each.

In June, another football player was sentenced to two years in prison.