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USA Swimming suspended Olympic champion Michael Phelps for 6 months

Oct 7, 2014 09:09 IST

USA Swimming on 6 October 2014 suspended Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps from all competition for six months for violating the organization's code of conduct. Phelps was suspended after he was arrested in Baltimore for driving under the influence.

Phelps, 29, was stopped by police after being caught travelling 84 mile per hour (mph) in a 45 mph zone in Baltimore, Maryland, on 30 September 2014. In a decade, this was second charge against Phelps for driving under the influence.

This suspension means that Phelps will not be eligible to compete again until 6 April 2015. Apart from this, he will also forfeit his funding from USA Swimming for six months and will also withdraw from the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia -- a major tune-up meet for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history with 22 Olympic medals between 2004 and 2012 of which 18 are gold.


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