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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.

Read: Lance Armstrong set to return to sport as a swimmer

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 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."

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Lance Armstrong set for return to sport as a swimmer

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.

Chloe's parent's remember 'smiling' daughter

We are devastated. Chloe was exceptionally outgoing, extremely popular and had a wonderful smile - she was always smiling at all times and she had a kind word for everybody at all times.

There was never adark day for Chloe, everywhere she went she had lots of friends. She was charming and polite, accepting and encouraging.

She worked incredibly hard. She loved swimming, she was very focused on it and she wanted to go as far as she could. She was also bright academically, everything she did she gave 100 percent. We are very proud of her.

– Chloe Waddell Family statement

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Chloe Waddell 'so talented' with bright future

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News Chloe Waddell's coach James Stannard said:

Chloe was so talented. She had qualified for the Olympic trials last year and this year she hoped to compete in the European Junior Championships.

She was so talented, but also in terms of school. She was someone who got straight As and she could have picked and chosen what she wanted to do with the next stage of her life.

Rising swimming star went into 'cardiac arrest'

Chloe had attended the swimming awards ceremony on Saturday and later went to a party at a friend's house.

Police said the cause of death was not yet known but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and details have been passed to the coroner.

At about 8.30am on February 3 2013, police were called by the ambulance service who had attended a house on Bryons Drive in Timperley.

Paramedics were there to treat a 16-year-old girl who had gone into cardiac arrest.

She was taken to hospital but sadly died.

– Police spokesman

The spokesman said that Chloe had slipped and cut her lip at her friend's party, but described it as a "minor injury".

Teenager tipped to be part of GB 2016 squad dies

A teenager tipped to be part of the GB swimming squad for the 2016 Olympics died in bed at home just hours after she won her latest award.

Chloe Waddell, 16, went into cardiac arrest on Sunday morning and despite efforts from an ambulance crew to save her she was pronounced dead in hospital.

Police said the cause of death was not yet known but there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and details have been passed to the coroner.

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