BREAKING NEWS: Lochte hit with 10-month ban


Ryan Lochte will miss the FINA World Championships in Budapest next year after the American swimmer was banned for 10 months for his part in the a false robbery scandal during the Rio Olympic Games.

Lochte alleged that he was robbed at gunpoint along with United States team-mates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen at a petrol station after attending a party in Brazil last month.

The 32-year-old was charged with making a false statement after admitting he had "over-exaggerated" his story and apologised for his "immature behaviour".

It was announced by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Swimming on Thursday that Lochte will serve a 10-month ban, which will end on June 30 next year, and must carry out 20 hours of community service.