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August 24, 2016 07:00 AM

What will the future hold for Ryan Lochte?

The U.S. Olympic Committee is considering disciplinary action against the 12-time medalist after his fabricated robbery story became an international incident in Brazil.

But Lochte, 32, tells PEOPLE that he wants to return to the sport – and hopes that the other swimmers in the incident don’t face consequences.

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“I think the other guys shouldn’t be punished,” he tells PEOPLE in the latest issue. “They didn’t really do anything. I think I will be punished, because the USOC will have to do something to take some measurement of what I did and the controversy that it caused for everyone.”

But whatever his punishment, Lochte tells PEOPLE that he wants to swim again. “I want to come back into the the sport,” he says. “My journey isn’t done. I’m not done. There’s another chapter that I’ll want to do.”

For much more on the aftermath of the Ryan Lochte scandal, pick up the latest copy of PEOPLE, on stands Friday.

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