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Lochte Suspended

Is punishment too harsh for the crime?

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Swimmer Ryan Lochte will be suspended from his sport for 10 months and will not be allowed to participate in the 2017 world championship meet as a result of his involvement in a gas station incident in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics. The punishment is according to sources.

The punishment would mean the 12-time Olympic medalist will not compete in another world championship until summer 2019. He turns 35 on August 3 that year.

The other three swimmers involved in the episode -- Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen -- also face suspensions but not as long as Lochte's,

Many are comparing the Lochte decision to the punishment given to Michael Phelps for his drunk driving incident. Phelps was suspended by Olympic officials for six months and he was also allowed to compete in this year's games.