American Lochte banned 14 months for anti-doping violation

Emmett Rice
July 24, 2018

The US Anti-Doping Agency announced Monday that Lochte has accepted a 14-month ban for having received intravenous infusions in a volume greater than 100mL in a 12-hour period without a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

The swimmer has been sanctioned for getting an intravenous infusion, a method that broke anti-doping rules. "I am hopeful other athletes will learn from my mistake and be mindful of this rule, as well as others". He only just returned to competition a year ago, and was planning on competing at the upcoming US national swimming championships in Irvine, California.

In 2016, Lochte was banned from swimming for 10 months after he claimed that he and three other United States swimmers were robbed after a night of revelry during the Rio Games.

The whole situation stems from an ill-advised photo that Lochte posted to social media on May 24. "This is devastating", Lochte said. FINA said it found Cox's statements of innocence "highly credible" but still implemented the suspension because she could not prove a "likely source" of the banned substance. Following his meets, Lochte and several other U.S. Olympic swimmers vandalized a Rio gas station and initially claimed they had been robbed at gunpoint. That caught the attention of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which launched an investigation.

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

"I have never taken a prohibitive substance", Lochte said.

Lochte's punishment officially began on May 24 and will be suspended until July 2019. "I know it sounds like a harsh penalty for something unintentional and where I didn't put anything prohibitive in my body, but a rule is a rule and I accept that there is a technical violation in that I'll have to [accept the consequences]".

But he returned in 2017 at the U.S. Open, declaring himself wiser and more responsible after fathering a child. "I want nothing more than to earn the privilege to swim for my country in my fifth Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020". My son being born. "Ryan is an important part of Team TYR, and we will continue to support him and his goal of making Tokyo in 2020".

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