The United States Olympic Committee has apologised for the behaviour of four Olympic swimmers who claimed they had been robbed at gunpoint at Rio 2016, and confirmed they vandalised a gas station.
The four athletes stories' did not match up and rather than going to the police first, the Olympic body informed the media.
The committee also confirmed reports that the group committed vandalism after they stopped at a gas station on the way home in a taxi.
A statement read: "On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence."
“As we understand it, the four athletes (Bentz, Conger, Feigen and Lochte) left France House early in the morning of August 14 in a taxi headed to the Olympic Village. They stopped at a gas station to use the restroom, where one of the athletes committed an act of vandalism.
"An argument ensued between the athletes and two armed gas station security staff, who displayed their weapons, ordered the athletes from their vehicle and demanded the athletes provide a monetary payment. Once the security officials received money from the athletes, the athletes were allowed to leave."
Two of the swimmers, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, were called "liars" and fakes" by crowds as they left the Olympic Games.
The two other athletes involved were Jimmy Feigen, who is still in Brazil and Ryan Lochte, who had already returned home on Monday.