Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte banned 14 months for IV infusion

Published 12:26 p.m. ET July 23, 2018 | Updated 1:42 p.m. ET July 23, 2018

Olympic swimmer 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).

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.

He said the IV contained mostly B-complex vitamins, products that he said could be purchased at any pharmacy, according to the Associated Press. Lochte said he took the IV because his wife and his son were ill,…

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