‘Banned’ Phelps all set to splash again


New York: American swimming great Michael Phelps is looking forward to competing in Mesa, Arizona this month as he is to return to competition after his six-month competitive ban for drunk-driving ends.

Phelps was stopped by police after being caught travelling at 84 miles-per-hour in a 45 miles-per-hour zone in Baltimore, Maryland, last September. He would compete in Mesa from 15 to 18 April as his ban would be over by the time.

Phelps had previously been charged with driving under the influence in Maryland in 2004 and following his latest incident, he pleaded guilty to driving while impaired in exchange for 18 months’ probation as well as receiving a one-year suspended prison term.

The 18-time Olympic gold medallist had also been banned from taking part in this summer’s World Championships in Russia, but in March, USA Swimming director Chuck Wielgus revealed that there may be a pathway for Phelps to take part, the report added.

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