Why US swimmers are being held in Rio to discuss a robbery

Two members of the US Olympic swim team, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, were removed from their flight back to the United States, detained, and then released overnight, as Brazilian authorities seek additional information about the four athletes’ claim that they were robbed early Sunday morning.

Inconsistent reports from the swimmers about the robbery and a lack of evidence are cited by Brazilian officials as justifying the moves. But there’s a political dimension too. Many Brazilians express frustration over media coverage of Rio’s crime and security problems, and worry that a potentially false story could further damage the country’s reputation.

“We can confirm that Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were removed from their flight to the United States by Brazilian authorities,” Patrick Sandusky, the US Olympic Committee spokesperson, told Reuters. “They were released by local authorities with the understanding that they would continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday.” READ MORE.

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