Olympic swimmer and former Canandaigua resident Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 14 months after receiving an intravenous infusion without a therapeutic use exemption, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Monday.
The 12-time Olympic medalist posted a photo of himself on social media May 24 receiving an IV infusion. USADA said Lochte cooperated fully with its investigation, which revealed he received permitted substances at an infusion clinic in a volume greater than 100 mL in a 12-hour period. He didn’t have a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).
This is the photo that got Ryan Lochte banned 14 months. pic.twitter.com/1CljxSFlzy
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 23, 2018
Lochte, 33, was expected to be one of the big names swimming at this week’s national championships in Irvine, Calif. The four-time Olympian has been training with hopes of making the Olympic team in 2020. Lochte was born in Rochester and raised in Ontario County before moving to Florida around age 12.
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Though Ryan Lochte is not accused of taking an illegal substance, he violated a rule barring athletes from getting IVs unless hospitalized https://t.co/cQKTPhBEXH
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 23, 2018
This is amazing, even by Ryan Lochte standards. He got himself banned by posting a picture on social media. https://t.co/iID6a7JU3E
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) July 23, 2018
US swimmer/Olympic liar Ryan Lochte accepts 14-month sanction by USADA for 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 (TUE) pic.twitter.com/6JezRkYcfW
— Neal Rogers (@nealrogers) July 23, 2018