Michael Phelps, the American swimmer who has won more Olympic medals than any other athlete, has been suspended for six months by USA Swimming. The announcement was made Oct. 6, 2014, as a result of violating the Code of Conduct.
The 22-medal Olympian will still be allowed to train but will not be participating in USA Swimming competitions through April 6, 2015. In addition to the suspension, Phelps will not be participating in the 2015 FINA world Swimming Championships, Aug. 2-9, in Kazan, Russia. He must also forfeit the monthly stipend from US Swimming during the suspension.
Chuck Wielgus, the executive director of USA Swimming, announced that Phelps admitted publicly the impact of his actions and decisions as well as the importance of accountability and self-improvement. USA Swimming is “here to fully support” the Michael Phelps’s actions for personal development while maintaining the suspension for six months.
By Cynthia Collins