Lance Armstrong drops out of swimming event


Lance Armstrong swam in an Ellicott City, Md., last fall. (Steve Ruark / AP)

After swimming’s international governing body raised an objection, Lance Armstrong withdrew from a masters swim meet, yet another sport from which the disgraced athlete has been barred from competing.

Armstrong, who had entered three races in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships this weekend in Austin, Texas, is under a lifetime ban from events sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency because of his use of performance-enhancing drugs during his stellar cycling career. Armstrong had hoped to compete in his 40-44 age group, believing that the meet was not subject to USADA rules.

But FINA informed U.S. Masters Swimming executives that it must recognize the World Anti-Doping Code, like triathlons and marathons from which he also has been barred.

“He doesn’t want to cause any more harm to any more organizations,” Rob Butcher, executive director of U.S. Masters Swimming told The Associated Press. “His interest was around fitness and training. In light of FINA and the other political stuff, he will not be swimming.”

One of the reasons Armstrong, 41, cited in admitting to Oprah Winfrey that he doped, was his desire to continue competing. Not being able to do so, he said, a “death penalty.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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Cindy Boren · April 4, 2013