Fabrication fallout: US swimmer Ryan Lochte to be suspended for 10 months over Rio Olympic lies

Swimmer will be suspended for 10 months by the US Olympic Committee and USA Swimming for fabricating an account of being robbed at the Rio Olympics, according to reports

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 September, 2016, 11:23am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 September, 2016, 9:33pm

Swimmer Ryan Lochte will be suspended for 10 months by the US Olympic Committee and USA Swimming for fabricating an account of being robbed at the Rio Olympics, according to reports.

The ban, which has not yet been announced publicly, means Lochte will be unable to compete at the 2017 World Championships to be held in Hungary, CNN said citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

The 32-year-old gold medallist was charged by Brazilian police with making a false statement after he said that he and three of his teammates were held at gunpoint and robbed by men posing as police officers after a party in the city.

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He later admitted that what he had initially told Brazilian authorities was an “over exaggeration.”

Brazilian police said the swimmers vandalised a bathroom door at a gas station and were confronted by armed security guards.

Swimwear-maker Speedo and designer clothing company Ralph Lauren ended their sponsorship arrangements with Lochte as a result of the incident.

Speedo said it would donate $50,000 to the charity Save The Children to help Brazilian children.