Friday, April 5, 2013

Armstrong's plans for swim comeback blocked

Lance Armstrong has admitted he couldn't have won seven Tour de France titles without doping.

Lance Armstrong. Photo: Getty Images

Swimming's world governing body has blocked Lance Armstrong's planned return to competitive sport by prohibiting the confessed drug cheat from racing at a weekend masters meet.

Banned for life from all World Anti-Doping Agency-sanctioned events, the erstwhile elite cyclist was to race for the first time since his spectacular fall from grace at the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships in his home town, Austin, Texas.

Armstrong, 41, had entered three events and was the top seed in one, before swimming's world governing body, FINA, stepped in.

While masters-level swimmers are not drug-tested in America, US Masters Swimming is governed by the international federation, which is obliged to meet WADA rules.


On learning of Armstrong's plans to race this weekend, FINA told US Masters Swimming they should not accept his entry.

The directive means Armstrong cannot compete at any future masters swimming events. According to The New York Times, Armstrong said he was ''extremely disappointed'' by the ruling.
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