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Pulled from flight, U.S. swimmers assist Brazilian police in robbery probe

2016年 8月 18日 Thursday - 00:49

Brazilian police have pulled U.S. swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger from their flight home amid a robbery probe that also involves multiple-medalist Ryan Lochte. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Television images showed U.S. Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger trying to leave Rio's international airport in the early hours of Thursday (August 18) surrounded by media after they were not allowed to board their flight back to the United States. The two swimmers were stopped on Wednesday (August 17) night from boarding their flight home by Brazilian police, who wanted to question them about how they and two teammates were robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro at the weekend, after a judge raised doubts over their accounts. A third swimmer, James Feigen, is in contact with Brazilian authorities and plans to make further statements to them on Thursday, said a spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). Federal police also want to question U.S. gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte, one of swimming's most decorated Olympians, but he had already flown home to the United States on Monday, a police spokesman said. The four swimmers have said they were robbed by gunmen while returning to the Athletes' Village in a taxi in the early hours of Sunday after a party - an incident that stoked fears for the safety of athletes and visitors at South America's first Games. The Rio Olympics have been dogged by a series of security scares, including the robbery of two visiting government ministers, a mugger being shot dead outside the opening ceremony and stray bullets being fired into the equestrian center. However, in the case of the four swimmers, police sources have said investigators have not found any evidence so far to back up their accounts. A spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) confirmed Bentz and Conger were taken from their flight. A representative from the U.S. Consulate in Rio was at the airport to provide assistance to the two swimmers. Police have taken the passports of Bentz and Conger pending their testimony, O Globo newspaper said on its web site. People magazine reported that Lochte was spotted at an airport in North Carolina on Wednesday with his girlfriend, Kayla Rae Reid, a Playboy model. Reuters could not verify this.

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Pulled from flight, U.S. swimmers assist Brazilian police in robbery probe

2016年 8月 18日 Thursday - 00:49