The Olympian Ryan Lochte has been suspended by USADA from competitive swimming for 14 months after he posted a picture on his Instagram in May 2018. In the IV photo (Intravenous therapy), Ryan could be seen injected with a yellow liquid, which is referred to as “vitamins.”
USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) gave immediate attention to the image which led to an investigation and eventually Ryan was banned from the swimming for 14 months. The USADA issued a statement in which it was mentioned that although the liquid substance was not a banned substance, it is prohibited to consume more than 100 ml during the 12 hrs time period. However, the IV image has been deleted now.
“This is devastating for my family and me,” the six-time Olympic gold-medalist Lochte stated in news conference. Ae also added “I know it sounds like a harsh penalty for something unintentional and where I didn’t put anything prohibited in my body, but a rule is a rule and I accept that there is a technical violation. I am hopeful other athletes will learn from my mistake and be mindful of this rule, as well as others. ”
Further, he refused to give up and mentioned that he would continue to focus on his swimming career after the ban period gets over. “I wasn’t taking anything illegal. Everything was legal. You can get it at CVS, Walgreens, but there are rules, and you have to obey them…Don’t worry. I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep going.” Ryan mentioned that the ban was devastating news for his family, but he would use him this period to focussing on taking care of his son and practice swimming harder than before
The suspension will last till June 219, which make Ryan ineligible to compete at the Pan Pacific Championships set to be held in Japan next month. Likewise, the 33-years old Ryan will also miss the world championships to be held in South Korea in July 2019.
Since, returning from the Olympics in Rio, Lochte has made many changes in his life. He was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. And, he got married to Kayla Rae Reid on 9th January 2018, and the couple has a baby boy named Caiden Zane Lochte, born on 8th June 2017. The pair had engaged on 9th October 2016 and tied a knot after living nearly a year and a half as fiancees.