Ryan Lochte suspended 10 months for Rio incident
By admin - 2016-09-05 23:43:12

Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 10 months for his lie at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The suspension to Lochte is significant in that 10 months would take him out of contention for the 2017 World Swimming Championship qualifying period.

Many believe that US Swimming did not want to give him a chance to qualify for the games.

Michael Phelps, when he was suspended for six months in 2014, also missed the World Swimming Championship the following summer.

Lochte, a highly decorated Olympic swimmer, with 12 medals to his name, has received a terrible backlash after lying about a night in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympic Games.

Lochte, along with three other American swimmers, claimed that they were robbed at gunpoint by Rio policemen on August 14, 2016.

The truth was that the swimmers had vandalized a gas station bathroom and were asked to pay for the damage they had caused.

With violence and robberies being a sensitive issue during the games, the story from Lochte took on another dimension and garnered attention from all over the world.

Lochte has lost multiple sponsors for his role in the scandal and will most likely receive the longest suspension of the swimmers involved including Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen.

The suspensions for each swimmer will officially be announced on Thursday in a joint statement from USA Swimming and the United States of America Olympic Committee.

Conger, who swims at the University of Texas, has reportedly been suspended for four games according to a source that is close to the Conger family.