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Ryan Lochte banned from swimming for ten months, loses $100000 bonus


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All four men will have their monthly stipends withheld, and none will be allowed to accompany the USA team on its post-Games visit to the White House.

The Olympic gold medallist claimed he and three teammates – Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger – were help up after stopping at a petrol station after a party.

FILE – In this August 10, 2016, file photo, Ryan Lochte listens to the national anthem after being awarded a gold medal during the ceremony for the men’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

All four will lose their stipends and other bonuses during the suspensions – which, in Lochte’s case, could cost him as much as $100,000 – and won’t be permitted to join Team USA during a scheduled visit to the White House later this month.

Bentz, who is 20 will only serve community service hours for the violation of a curfew rule meant for athletes under the age of 21.

The United States Olympic Committee and USA Swimming today jointly announced disciplinary measures for four members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Team.

“He recognises his lapse in judgement, and is looking forward to continuing his training, volunteer work with kids, and resuming his swimming career next year with an eye toward representing his country at the 2020 Olympic games in Japan”.

The incident took place in the early morning hours as the swimmers returned to the athletes’ village after a night of partying at the French House.

Ryan Lochte has revealed his heartbreak over the news of his swimming suspension following his scandal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

The other three swimmers will also be suspended from domestic and worldwide competition, but for four months and lose their monthly allowances.

Lochte, however, looks to put Rio in the past and focus more on his future, shown in clips from his appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show which is slated to air on Monday. “Each of the athletes has accepted responsibility for his actions and accepted the appropriate sanctions”.

“As we have said previously, the behavior of these athletes was not acceptable”, said USOC Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun.

The penalty for falsely filing a crime report carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison under Brazilian law and Lochte can be tried in his absence having been summoned last month.

“I reached out to him because I knew he hit a low point in his life, and he bounced back from it”, Lochte said.