Michael Phelps, 34, took time from his the third year of retirement from competitive swimming and to speak out about issues that affect the playing field. The most decorated Olympian of all time told CNN that the issue of doping in sport “needs to change.”
Phelps, whose wife Nicole gave birth to their third son in September, has won 28 Olympic medals, including 23 golds. He thinks he’s “never competed in a clean field once.”
Doping controversies have taken a worldwide hold on athletic competitions, from the Olympics to the Tour de France and more. Russia was banned from the 2018 Olympics after a probe into doping, and Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by saying that every country was guilty of doping.
“If you test positive once you should never be allowed to compete again,” Phelps said. In addition to speaking out about doping, Phelps has been an advocate for mental health, water safety for children, and water conservation.
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