Lochte’s suspension stems from the usage of an intravenous infusion, which breaks anti-doping rules. While the 12-time Olympic medalist did not receive any banned substances through the IV, athletes are not supposed to receive any sort of IV unless they have been hospitalized or have filed for an exemption.
The incident occurred in May when Lochte posted a photo of himself receiving an IV infusion. which prompted USADA to investigate. Since then, the image has been removed from social media.
The investigation by USADA discovered that Lochte had “received an intravenous infusion of permitted substances at an infusion clinic in a volume greater than 100 mL in a 12-hour period without a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).”
Ryan Lochte could be in big trouble. IV ‘recovery’. pic.twitter.com/0Zm32lh5my
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