American Lochte banned 14 months for anti-doping violation

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Ryan Lochte, 33, won't be seen swimming for United States of America for a year.

Ryan Lochte has accepted a 14-month ban from competition after violating anti-doping rules, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Monday.

Lochte posted a picture on social media of himself getting an IV in May. Officials made clear that Ryan did not used a banned substance, but underwent a banned procedure.

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A subsequent investigation by USADA, with which Lochte is said to have fully cooperated, revealed that he received an intravenous infusion of permitted substances at an infusion clinic in a volume greater than 100 millilitres in a 12-hour period without a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE). He only just returned to competition a year ago, and was planning on competing at the upcoming US national swimming championships in Irvine, California. He has previously served a 10-month ban due to an incident at the Olympics in 2016.

Ryan Lochte would get suspended for an Instagram photo. "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]".

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

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USA anti-doping rules prohibit such infusions or injections unless hospital treatment or a surgical procedure is required.

Tiago Lins e Silva, Lochte's Brazil-based lawyer, said he would appeal. That triggered the USADA investigation, one that Lochte "fully cooperated" with according to US officials. "Unfortunately, while the rule is a newer rule and is not widely known as others, I should know better".

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

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

The 14-month ban is retroactive to May 24, meaning Lochte will be sidelined from competition until July 2019. And I know there's other athletes that don't know this rule.

Lochte returned to competition previous year, most notably winning the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Open. That timeframe would still allow the 33-year-old swimmer to take a shot at his fifth Olympics the following year in Tokyo.

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