U.S. Swimming Announces Ryan Lochte Has Been Suspended

Ryan Lochte

USADA slapped Ryan with a 14-month ban for getting an intravenous infusion in May 2018.

Ryan Lochte's troubled path since a late night out in Rio de Janeiro two years ago took another weird twist Monday with the announcement of a 14-month suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Lochte's 14-month ban is back-dated to the date of the infusion, which means the 33-year-old is ineligible for the Pan Pacific Championships in August, as well as the 2019 World Championships.

Lochte posted a photo of himself on social media receiving the IV which prompted an investigation.

Intravenous infusions or injections in a volume greater than 100ml within a 12-hour period are prohibited at all times - except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital treatment, surgical procedures, or clinical diagnostic investigations under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Swimming Federation Anti-Doping Rules. He was banned for 10 months after claiming he and three other USA swimmers were robbed at gunpoint at those 2016 Games, a tale that quickly unraveled. He was entered in four events at the national championships that start Wednesday in California.

Lochte was focusing his efforts on returning to Olympic swimming in Tokyo in 2020, and during his earlier suspension got married and became a father to son Caiden. His first suspension stemmed from his false claim that he and three US swimmers were robbed at gunpoint during the Games, an embarrassing episode for the U.S.in the global competition. He was ultimately given a 10-month suspension and dropped by a handful of high profile sponsors, including Speedo.

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Lochte said he won't give up on swimming. "I have never taken a prohibited substance".

It's his second suspension since the Rio Olympics. I would never intentionally violate any anti-doping rule.

"I may be on the sideline from competition, but I'll continue to train every day", he said.

Lochte returned to competition previous year, most notably winning the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Open.

"I have goals that I want to accomplish in 2020", Lochte said.

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