In Brief: Lochte sorry over 'stupid mistake'

US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte gives his account of what happened at a Rio gas station, an incident that grew into an international controversy after Brazilian police said he lied about it.
US swimmer Ryan Lochte goes on Brazilian TV to apologise, saying the country doesn't deserve the bad publicity that resulted when he claimed he had been robbed at gunpoint, something he now says he 'over-exaggerated.'
In this still image from a video, Olympic gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte of the US gives an interview to Globo TV at their studios in New York City, August 20.
In this still image from a video, Olympic gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte of the US gives an interview to Globo TV at their studios in New York City, August 20. PHOTO: REUTERS

Lochte sorry over 'stupid mistake'

A tearful Ryan Lochte has said sorry to his US swim team-mates, his family and the people of Brazil for a "stupid mistake" at a gas station that overshadowed the Games' final week.

The six-time gold medallist also explained - in a lengthy interview with NBC's Matt Lauer - why he made up the robbery story.

"I was intoxicated," he said. "I was immature, and I made a stupid mistake. I'm human, and I'm just really sorry."

THE GUARDIAN


Hidilyn getting too much attention

Hidilyn Diaz, the first Filipino to win an Olympic medal in 20 years, is finding her newfound fame liberating financially but also restrictive.

The weightlifter received more than 7 million pesos (S$202,860) in cash prizes, leading to undesirable characters following her. Four policemen have been detailed as security escorts in her Barangay Mampang community.

PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER


Fiji heroes hailed as world's greatest

Fiji's gold-winning sevens rugby team received a heroes' welcome when they returned home from Rio to launch two days of celebrations.

The players were introduced to ecstatic fans as "the greatest rugby sevens team in the world".

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe