US Swimmer Ryan Lochte Suspended After USADA Violation

Lochte posted a photo of himself getting an IV injection, which in many cases isn't allowed under anti-doping rules.
Posted at 7:49 AM, Jul 24, 2018

Twelve-time Olympic medalist U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended from competing until July 2019. 

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Lochte was suspended Monday. It comes after the swimmer posted a picture of himself getting an IV injection of a substance in May. That prompted an investigation by the USADA that ended in his suspension. 

The substance itself, which Lochte says was to help bolster his immune system, wasn't banned. 

As the USADA explained: "Lochte received an intravenous infusion of permitted substances at an infusion clinic. Under most circumstances, athletes cannot receive IVs unless related to a hospitalization or when allowed under the terms of a USADA-approved exemption — and Lochte fell into neither of those categories."

The suspension means Lochte won't be able to compete in the national championships that start this week. It's his second suspension in under two years.