Swimmer Ryan Lochte suspended until 2019 by US Anti-Doping Agency

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Six-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte has been suspended for 14 months for receiving an intravenous infusion of a permitted substance without a therapeutic use exemption, the USA anti-doping agency (USADA) said on Monday. This is prohibited at all times, according to the USADA, hence the suspension.

Two months ago, he posted a photo on social media of himself receiving an intravenous infusion.

Nasri, 31, was treated while on holiday, but it contravened World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) rules leading to a Spanish Anti-Doping investigation.

USADA said in a statement that Lochte was not using a banned substance but that it prohibits such infusions or injections in excess of 100 mL within a 12-hour period unless received in the course of hospital treatment, surgical procedures or clinical diagnostic investigations.

It's worth noting that the USADA did not find that he was injecting himself with any banned substances - the problem was the amount of fluid that he received. Ultimately, it was determined that Lochte and the other swimmers vandalized a bathroom and were forced to pay for the damage by security guards who brandished a gun. Under most circumstances, athletes can not 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. 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. "I have never taken a prohibited substance".

"This is devastating for my family and me, and I was finally back in top shape", Lochte said.

Lochte said he won't give up on swimming.

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

"I have goals that I want to accomplish in 2020", Lochte added. He also has become a father and a husband since Rio - he married former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid in January, seven months after their son was born.

An infamous drunken night out after the conclusion of the swimming competition in Rio landed Lochte and three American teammates in trouble with Brazilian authorities, resulting in worldwide derision for one of the most accomplished swimmers in Olympic history.

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