Swimming icon Michael Phelps made headlines outside of the pool last month when he was arrested in Baltimore, Md., for drunk driving, but he's not the only elite swimmer facing recent trouble.
As a result of the incident, Phelps' second DUI arrest in a decade, he was suspended from USA Swimming-sanctioned competition for six months, must withdraw from the 2015 FINA World Championships, and forfeit funding for six months, and has announced that he will be entering treatment program. Phelps' arrest comes in the midst of his return to competitive swimming, following a brief retirement.
World-class Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita has ban banned for 18 months after he admitted to stealing a high-quality camera from a South Korean journalist while competing at the Asian Games recently. According to a report in Japan Today, he was also fired by the sports apparel manufacturer Descente, which employed him.
In Russia and Portugal, several athletes have been suspended for doping and related allegations.
Earlier this year, FINA suspended Russia’s Yuliya Efimova for 16 months, after she tested positive for 7-keto-DHEA. Efimova claimed that she did not realize that a supplement she purchased from a retail store contained the prohibited substance. Efimova is reportedly not the only Russian swimmer to have been suspended for doping recently, which could lead to repercussions for the entire program.
Portuguese open-water swimmer Arseniy Lavrentyev, a two-time Olympian, has been suspended for one year, after being sited for three "whereabouts failures" within an 18-month period. According to SwimSwam:
Under the rules of the World Anti-Doping Code, athletes must provide a one hour window every day where drug testers can locate them for random testing. WADA offers several ways for an athlete to update their whereabouts, including a mobile phone app. After three times failing to either file or be at his predetermined location, he was suspended for one year. That is consistent with the one-year suspension given to Albert Subirats in 2011, though his suspension was later lifted.