18-time Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps who was handed a 6 month competitive ban as well as exclusion from the World swimming championships later this year after he was found guilty of drunk-driving, could be reinstated and allowed to compete at the world championships in Russia.
Phelps got a one year suspended sentence and a court mandated probation period of 18 months to go along with his ban from swimming in September 2014. Phelps who had originally announced his retirement after the 2012 Olympics, changed his mind and is now preparing for the Olympics in 2016 in Rio De Janeiro. The US swimming director, Chuck Wielgus was telling reporters that getting Phelps to compete in Russia was not off the table as the tournament might not be the same without the 27-time world Champion. Wielgus told ESPN: “It’s complicated, but there are ways in which it could happen. There is a pathway for things to be reconsidered – or considered.”
Phelps is expected to make his return to swimming at the Arizona Grand Prix in April and would be hoping he can be cleared to compete at the world championships which take place from the 24th of July to the 9th of August, 2015