Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is in hot water again, this time for violating the anti-doping rules put in place by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Lochte reportedly received an intravenous infusion in May, which caused the violating which led to a 14-month suspension put on the athlete.
According to a statement released by the USADA, athletes are not able to receive IVs unless given an exemption or if they are hospitalized. The 33-year-old and six-time gold medalist did not receive any banned substances but did break the rules about receiving IVs in quantities over 100 milliliters.
Ryan Lochte at a press conference now: "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 [to Tokyo 2020]." pic.twitter.com/3APLMvCyFK
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 23, 2018
The USADA caught wind of the violation when the new dad posted a photo on social media showing himself receiving the treatment.
Lochte, who is suspended until July 2019, still plans to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. According to NBC Sports reporter Nick Zaccardi, Lochte spoke at a press conference where he stated, in part, “Don’t worry. I’m not giving up. I’m going to keep going [to Tokyo 2020].”