USA Swimming Suspends Michael Phelps for 6 Months

by: Beth Harris AP Sports Writer
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Michael Phelps
In this July 11, 2014, file photo, Michael Phelps walks away from the starting block after winning the men’s 100-meter butterfly at the Bulldog Grand Slam swim meet at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Authorities say Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested on a DUI charge in Maryland. Transit police say they stopped the 29-year-old Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, forced him to withdraw from next year’s world championships and taken away his funding from the sport’s national governing body as a result of the Olympic champion’s second DUI arrest.

The sanctions announced Monday won’t keep Phelps from training with his North Baltimore club, but he won’t be allowed to participate in USA Swimming-sanctioned meets through March 6, 2015. Phelps and USA Swimming also agreed that he won’t compete in the world swimming championships in Russia next July. His monthly funding stipends will be stopped during the suspension.

Phelps announced he was entering a six-week, in-patient program last weekend, a week after he was arrested and charged with drunken driving in his hometown of Baltimore.

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