(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Swimmer Michael Phelps’ goal to once again achieve Olympic glory may have been dealt a severe blow Monday after he was suspended from sanctioned competition for six months by the organization USA Swimming.
The action comes a week after Phelps was charged with DUI and excessive speeding in Maryland. Phelps has since said he’s taking time off to enter rehab.
Although the Olympic trials for the Rio Summer Games aren’t until late June 2016, Phelps’ training program will no doubt be disrupted since he won’t compete for the 2015 world championship team in Russia next August.
Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete in history with 18 gold medals, isn’t going to fight the suspension, which USA Swimming deemed “appropriate” under the circumstances.
He also pleaded guilty to a DUI charged in 2004.
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