20 minutes – Suspended for doping, he retires

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Conor Dwyer, a double Olympic gold medal winner, was suspended for 20 months for doping after discovering testosterone in his body, the US Antidoping Agency announced on Friday. Shortly after the announcement of Usada, the American swimmer posted on instagram a statement announcing his withdrawal from the competition. Usada initially claimed a four-year suspension after Dwyer tested positive in anti-doping anti-competitive tests on November 15 and 27 and December 20, 2018.

But an independent panel of three Arbitration Board judges found that a 20-month suspension was more appropriate in that the swimmer had only been on treatment on outside medical advice. According to this panel, Conor Dwyer thought that it was a relative treatment of his psychological well-being and that there would be no consequences on his sports performance, according to the way in which things had been presented to him. The Arbitration Board found that the swimmer was credible in testifying that he believed what he had been told. The question of whether or not this mistaken belief is appropriate for an Olympic athlete expressing and benefiting from extensive anti-doping knowledge is not the norm that applies to these issues, she said.

The suspension of Conor Dwyer, who won the gold medal in the relay at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Games, as well as the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle Rio, dates back to December 21, 2018, when a suspension had been imposed on him pending arbitration. He has retired from the US team for the 2019 Worlds and will not be able to participate in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as his suspension will end in August.

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