Olympian Ryan Lochte receives 14-month ban for violating anti-doping rule

Olympian Ryan Lochte receives 14-month ban for violating anti-doping rule

Ryan Lochte won't be competing until the summer of 2019.

But for Olympic athletes, the act is a violation of strict U.S. Anti-Doping (USADA) policies that prohibit IV infusions, even of legal substances, if it's not related to a hospitalization or directly approved by USADA.

Lochte appears to have deleted the post from his social media. 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.

It's worth noting that the USADA did not find that he was injecting himself with any banned substances - the problem was the amount of fluid that he received.

The sanction comes after Lochte posted a photo of himself getting an intravenous infusion, a method that broke anti-doping rules and prompted an investigation into the swimmer.

Lochte will also be withdrawn from the four events he'd entered at the United States national championships, which begin Wednesday in Irvine, California.

It is the 33-year-old's second suspension since the Rio Olympics.

Lochte was effectively barred from last year's World Aquatics Championships in Budapest as he was still suspended when the US Trials took place.

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"A rule is a rule and I accept that there is a technical violation", Lochte said. "He was totally unaware of a rule that said you can't take an IV of more than 100 ML".

USADA said in a statement that Lochte "fully cooperated" with the investigation.

"I wasn't taking anything illegal", said Lochte.

Usada said the ban is retroactive to 24 May, which was the day he posted the photo, and will run through June 2019, ruling him out of the next two major global meets: August's Pan Pacific Championships and the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

"I've been swimming my whole life and I've been monitored by USADA for my entire competitive career", Lochte said.

After Rio, Lochte was dropped by at least four major sponsors including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren, although he has added some endorsement deals since. He also has become a father and a husband since Rio - he married former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid in January, seven months after their son was born.

Lochte was seeded fourth for the 400-meter individual medley, an event where he won the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and bronze in 2008, and was seeded seventh in the 200 IM, an event where he owns the world record. "If anything this is going to add more fuel to my fire".

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