Swimmer bro Ryan Lochte suspended over IV injection Instagram post

Swimmer bro Ryan Lochte suspended over IV injection Instagram post

Darren Sullivan
July 24, 2018

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.

The swimmer has been sanctioned for getting an intravenous infusion, a method that broke anti-doping rules. "I am hopeful other athletes learn from my mistake".

He will miss the USA national championships which begin in California this week, next month's Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo and the 2019 world championships in South Korea.

The American had claimed that he and team-mates Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger had been held up and robbed by men posing as police while celebrating in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games. USADA agreed to start the 14-month clock on May 24, the day that he posted the photo which no longer can be found on his Twitter or Instagram pages.

Tiago Lins e Silva, Lochte's Brazil-based lawyer, said he would appeal. I was swimming fast.

He added: "I have never taken a prohibited substance and never attempted to gain any advantage over my competition by putting anything illegal in my body".

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 worldwide meets: August's Pan Pacific Championships and the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea.

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In announcing the suspension, USADA said that Lochte, 33, "fully cooperated" with the investigation, which revealed that he got "an intravenous infusion of permitted substances at an infusion clinic in a volume greater than 100 mL in a 12-hour period without a Therapeutic Use Exemption". He has previously said that he wants to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, though those hopes would seem to be in at least some doubt now. "I wasn't too clear on the rules, but now I am".

Lochte spent much of his career portraying a party-boy image, while his wildly successful exploits in the pool - six Olympic golds, 36 world championship gold medals, no fewer than four world records - were always overshadowed by 28-time Olympic medalist and 23-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps.

"I'm just going to post on my son and my wife, leave everything else out", Lochte added.

Lochte said he still intends to continue training to win in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but he plans to change his social media habits.

But he returned in 2017 at the U.S. Open, declaring himself wiser and more responsible after fathering a child.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.