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FINA, the international swimming federation, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency won't allow Lance Armstong compete in this weekends U.S. Masters Swimming Championship at UT-Austin. TWITTER PHOTO/LANCE ARMSTRONG

FINA, the international swimming federation, and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency won’t allow Lance Armstong compete in this weekends U.S. Masters Swimming Championship at UT-Austin. TWITTER PHOTO/LANCE ARMSTRONG

by ANDREW WEBER

Try as he might, Lance Armstrong just can’t return to competitive sport.

Armstrong was slated to compete in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships this weekend at the University of Texas. But the executive director of U.S. Masters Swimming tells the AP the former cyclist decided not to swim after international swimming authorities objected.

Armstrong is under a lifetime ban from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for using performance enhancing drugs.

Armstrong, 41, had been entered to compete in the 500 meter, 1,000 meter and 1,500 meter races in the 40 to 44 age bracket. [EDITOR’s NOTE: Armstrong owns a 447-acre ranch in northern Hays County near Hamilton Pool Road in Dripping Springs.]


ANDREW WEBER reports for KUT News where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

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One thought on “Armstrong will sit out swimming competition

  1. It’s sad to see an athlete like Lance Armstrong go down a path of struggle. His choices have left him banned from a sport he loves. Don’t make that mistake when it comes to participating in a sport that you love.

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