Armstrong quits swim event

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has pulled out of a swimming event in Texas after the sport's international governing body objected to his involvement. It would have been his first competition since he admitted doping.

Armstrong withdraws from swimming event

US Masters Swimming Executive Director Rob Butcher confirmed that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has pulled out three events he was scheduled to appear in this weekend.

Butcher told the Associated Press that the change of heart was likely caused by objections raised by FINA, the international governing body for swimming.

He doesn't want to cause any more harm to any more organisations. His interest was around fitness and training. In light of FINA and the other political stuff, he will not be swimming.

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Swimming body slams Armstrong competition bid

FINA, the international governing body for swimming, has written to the US Masters Swimming to advise them to reject Lance Armstrong's entry to take part in a competition scheduled this weekend.

The disgraced cyclist was planning to use the small low-profile event in Austin, Texas, to make a return to competitive sport.

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The competition falls under the jurisdiction of the US Masters Swimming. In a statement, the governing body said:

FINA wrote a letter to the US Masters Swimming (with copy to US Aquatic Sports and USA Swimming) requesting not to accept the entry of Mr. Lance Armstrong in the [...] competition.

Armstrong to race against middle-aged swimmers

Lance Armstrong's return to competitive sport this weekend will be against veteran swimmers, a Texas newspaper reported.

Most competitors in the US Masters Swimming event entered by Armstrong will be older than the 41-year-old cyclist, the Austin American-Statesman said.

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year
Lance Armstrong is banned for life from competing in most high profile sport Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Armstrong is banned for life from all competitions that adhere to world anti-doping codes, but is allowed to take part in the low-profile Austin swimming event.

US Masters Swimming executive director Rob Butcher said nobody had raised formal objections to Armstrong competing.

Butcher added: "The purpose of our organisation is to encourage adults to swim."

Lance Armstrong set for return to sport as a swimmer

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year
Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year Credit: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Lance Armstrong is planning to make a return to competitive sport as a swimmer this weekend.

The disgraced American cyclist is entered for the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships, which takes place at the University of Texas.

Armstrong is set to compete in freestyle races over 500 yards, 1,000 yards and 1,650 yards at the event in his home city of Austin.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year for being part of a doping scandal.

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