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Phelps is banned by US Swimming
07 Oct 2014 14:02
Former Olympic champion Michael Phelps has been handed a six-month suspension by USA Swimming following his arrest for alleged drink driving last month.
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The most successful Olympic athlete in history, with 22 medals in total including 18 golds, announced on Sunday his plan to take a break for an unspecified amount of time to focus on his personal issues in the wake of the scandal.
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Yet his governing body has taken a dim view of the incident and released a statement on its official website detailing the punishment for the 29-year-old, who cannot take part in official events sanctioned by USA Swimming until 6 April next year.
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Phelps also has to withdraw from the 2015 FINA World Championships team and will have his funding withdrawn for the length of his ban.
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"Membership in USA Swimming, and particularly at the national team level, includes a clear obligation to adhere to our code of conduct," USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus said.
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"Should an infraction occur, it is our responsibility to take appropriate action based on the individual case. Michael's conduct was serious and required significant consequences
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"Michael has publicly acknowledged the impact of his decisions, his accountability especially due to his stature in the sport and the steps necessary for self-improvement.
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"We endorse and are here to fully support his personal development actions."
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