Swimmer Ryan Lochte suspended until July 2019 for use of IV

TYR Sport Will Retain Ryan Lochte in Light of 14 Month Suspension

In a statement, the United States Anti-Doping Agency [USADA] said: "Ryan Lochte has accepted a 14-month sanction for his use of a prohibited method". USADA agreed to start the 14-month clock on May 24, the day that he posted the photo that no longer can be found on his Instagram page. This image prompted an investigation by U.S. Swimming. Officials made clear that Ryan did not used a banned substance, but underwent a banned procedure.

Lochte, who has been training with hopes of making the US Olympic team in 2020, had been expected to swim at this week's national championships in California. This marks Lochte's second suspension in less than two years following his 10-month suspension for his behavior during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. I would never intentionally violate any anti-doping rule. "He was totally unaware of a rule that said you can't take an IV of more than 100 ML".

"I've been swimming my whole life and I've been monitored by Usada for my entire competitive career", he said. "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]."Only two other athletes have been suspended for getting unapproved IVs, according to the USADA database (per ESPN.) One got a six-month ban, while the other was suspended for 14-months".

In a press conference today shortly after the suspension announcement, Lochte explained the situation: "I wasn't taking anything illegal".

His latest ban runs until July 2019 having been backdated to 24 May, the date he received the prohibited intravenous infusion.

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"Unfortunately, although the rule is a newer rule and is not as widely known as others, I should know better".

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

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.

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

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