August 14, 2016 / 2:57 PM / 3 years ago

Report of swimmer held up at gunpoint not true, says IOC

2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Final - Men's 200m Individual Medley Final - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Ryan Lochte (USA) of USA reacts. REUTERS/David Gray

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Reports that U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte was held up at gunpoint during a party in the early hours of Sunday in Brazil are false, says the International Olympic Committee.

“I can tell you the story is absolutely not true,” spokesman Mark Adams said at the Olympic Park, after receiving a message on his mobile phone.

“It (the message) is from USOC (United States Olympic Committee). It’s a false story.”

Fox Sports News had reported the incident, and quoted the swimmer’s mother as saying the incident had been “terrifying”.

USOC said it was finding out “truth and details”.

Reporting by Ossian Shine; Editing by Brian Homewood

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