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Phelps banned for three months by USA Swimming

US swimming sensation Michael Phelps has been suspended for three months by his national association following the publication of a photograph apparently showing him using illegal drugs.

The 23-year-old won eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics last year.

He recently issued a public apology after the News of the World published a photo of him inhaling from a glass pipe usually used to smoke cannabis.

He has received backing from the International Olympic Committee and FINA, but USA Swimming has decided to suspend him for three months and withdraw its financial support.

The ban will expire two months before trials begin for this August's World Championship in Rome.

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