Lochte & Co. update: 4 organizations working together to decide punishment - IOC, FINA, USOC and USA Swimming. Held one meeting in Rio.— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) August 23, 2016
More Lochte: IOC wants community service component as part of punishment for 4 US swimmers. Decision likely to come within two weeks.— Christine Brennan (@cbrennansports) August 23, 2016
Scott Blackmun, CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, promised “further action” on Lochte and Co. during a news conference Sunday, the Olympics’ final day. The Associated Press, meanwhile, reported that the International Olympic Committee and USA Swimming could both sanction Lochte, though one IOC member “said it’s possible that Olympic officials could simply decide to let the USOC handle the matter.”
At 32, Lochte’s Olympic career would appear to be over, though he pledged in an interview with TMZ on Monday that he isn’t going anywhere.
“I’m still going to be swimming,” he said. “I’m swimming for another four years, so however long my suspension is, what the USOC says, I’m going to get back in the water and keep going.”
As for his thoughts on a possible sanction?
“If the USOC says I can’t swim anymore, I think that would be the most hurtful, just because I put so much time and effort into this sport. I mean, that would be heartbreaking,” Lochte said. “My true friends still support me, being behind me 100 percent, so that’s what keeps me going.”