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In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

It may be awhile before Ryan Lochte is punished for fabricating a robbery in Rio


Ryan Lochte has already lost all four of his corporate sponsors after fabricating a robbery in Rio de Janeiro, but it's still unclear how he and his teammates will be punished for their actions. 

Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger all claimed they had been held up by armed robbers at a Rio gas station during the 2016 Olympic Games, but the truth later came out. 

The U.S. swimmers had vandalized the bathroom at the gas station. 

So how will they be punished? 

According to USA Today's Christine Brennan, the decision is up to the International Olympic Committee, FINA (or the International Swimming Federation), the United State Olympic Committee and  USA Swimming. 

Brennan added that those four organizations will likely reach a decision within the next two weeks. 

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun promised "further action" against the athletes, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Associated Press reported that the IOC and USA Swimming could sanction Lochte. With that, the 32-year-old's career as a swimmer would essentially be over. 

"I'm still going to be swimming," he said in an interview with TMZ. "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."

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