President Obama was struck by someone's elbow during the game
US President Barack Obama has been given 12 stitches after he was hit in the lip during a basketball game.
The US president was treated in the doctor's office of the White House following the game at at Fort McNair, in Washington DC.
Later, Mr Obama was seen at the White House holding what appeared to be an ice pack to his lip.
"After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip ... the president received 12 stitches today, administered by the White House Medical Unit," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.
Mr Obama was given a local anaesthetic while receiving the stitches, he added.
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