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Lochte handed ban for false robbery claims

American swimmer Ryan Lochte has been banned from the sport for 10 months after falsely claiming he was robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Olympic Games.

The 32-year-old said he and three team-mates were held up at a petrol station during a night out.

But police questioned the account after CCTV footage showed the group had vandalised the petrol station.

USA Swimming and the US Olympic Committee (USOC) have also banned the three other swimmers involved.

Gunnar Bentz, Jimmy Feigen and Jack Conger have each been banned for four months.

The sanctions were handed down for breaches of each organisation’s code of conduct.

Lochte’s punishment means he will not be able to qualify for the 2017 World Championships.

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