Aug 19, 2016

    Brazilian police nab 2 US swimmers, IOC official

    BRAZILIAN police arrested two United States swimmers and a top International Olympic Committee official as scandal overshadowed the Rio Games and Usain Bolt's run towards a new gold medal.

    Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were taken off a flight leaving Rio de Janeiro by the authorities investigating doubts over their claim to have been mugged.

    That came hours after top European Olympic official Patrick Hickey was arrested in an investigation into black-market Olympic ticket sales.

    Conger and Bentz, along with star US swimmer Ryan Lochte and squad member James Feigen,

    said they were held up at gunpoint in the early hours of Sunday.

    However, Brazilian judge Keyla Blank ordered the passports of all four to be seized to prevent them leaving the country.

    Lochte had already gone home.

    The four made headlines with their terrifying account while returning from a party.

    However, US television channel NBC quoted witnesses as saying the swimmers were at the party until daybreak.

    Britain's Daily Mail obtained video surveillance showing the four laughing when they returned to the athletes' village at 6.56am on Sunday.

    The judge said their story

    was full of inconsistencies.

    Hickey - an IOC executive member, head of the European Olympic Committees and the

    Irish national committee - spent Wednesday night in hospital after being detained at his luxury hotel.

    Accused of ticket scalping, ambush marketing and conspiracy after tickets were seized from another Irish businessman,

    he "temporarily" stood down

    from his posts.