American swimmer Ryan Lochte banned for 14 months over doping violation

Ryan Lochte checks his time after a men' 4x200-meter freestyle relay heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 9 2016

Ryan Lochte addressed the media on Monday afternoon at a news conference following the announcement of his 14-month suspension.

Ryan Lochte, the longtime Olympic swimmer, has accepted his 14-month suspension after he shared an Instagram photo of him using an IV to inject vitamins, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced Monday.

The whole situation stems from an ill-advised photo that Lochte posted to social media on May 24.

USA officials say Lochte was not using a banned substance but under anti-doping rules, athletes typically can not receive IVs unless related to a hospitalisation or through an exemption.

He will miss the United States national championships which begin in California this week, next month's Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo and the 2019 world championships in South Korea.

It is his second suspension since the Rio Olympics.

"Ryan didn't want to get sick or start feeling run down since he's been training so he was trying to prevent getting sick. Intravenous infusions of injections in a volume greater than 100 ml within a 12-hour period are prohibited at all times - except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital treatment, surgical procedures or clinical diagnostic investigations..." "I am hopeful other athletes learn from my mistake".

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

Lochte said he won't give up on swimming. I was swimming fast.

USADA said in a statement that Lochte "fully cooperated" with the investigation. And I know there's other athletes that don't know this rule.

Lochte spent much of his career portraying a party-boy image, while his wildly successful exploits in the pool - six Olympic golds, 36 world championship gold medals, no fewer than four world records - were always overshadowed by 28-time Olympic medalist and 23-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps.

Lochte returned to competition previous year, most notably winning the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Open.

He has previously said he is targeting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, warning other swimmers to "watch out". He won gold medals at the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Games and if he found a way to win another in Tokyo he would become the oldest Olympic swimming champion.

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

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