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Armstrong to compete in US Masters swimming event

Cycling News
April 4, 2013, 10:22,
April 4, 2013, 11:40
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Expect to see Lance Armstrong in suit and tie this fall if his case goes to arbitration

Expect to see Lance Armstrong in suit and tie this fall if his case goes to arbitration

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Texan sidesteps his doping ban

Lance Armstrong is set to race again, despite his life ban for doping, competing against middle-aged swimmers in a regional Masters championships in his home town of Austin, Texas this weekend.

According to a report in the American-Statesman and confirmed by his spokesman Mark Higgins to the Associated Press, Armstrong has entered the meets' three longest races: 500, 1000 and 1650-yard freestyle. He is seeded second in the 1000 freestyle and third in both the 500 and 1650 events and so could be a contender for victory.

Armstrong is allowed to compete in US Masters Swimming events because the organisation does not fall under the anti-doping rules of the US Anti-Doping Agency that banned Armstrong for life and stripped him of his seven Tour de France victories.

Armstrong always vehemently denied doping during his career and the USADA investigation but then confessed in January during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. He said that he hoped to compete again but then refused to cooperate with USADA’s investigation in doping in professional cycling, missing a chance for his ban to be reduced.

US Masters Swimming does not carry out drug testing and the organisation apparently debated if Armstrong or other athletes who have been caught doping should be allowed to compete.

"Our mission, dating back to the 60s, is we encourage adults to swim," Rob Butcher, executive director of Masters Swimming told the Associated Press. "Lance is a member of USMS so he is eligible to swim."

However not everyone agrees with the decision to allow Armstrong to compete, even if no members of US Masters Swimming have yet made a formal complaint.

“This whole masters swimming is him trying to sidestep his punishment,” local triathlete Jamie Cleveland, who owns Hill Country Running and Texas Ironman Multi-Sport Coaching, is quoted as saying by the American-Statesman.

“I’ve been an endurance athlete all my life. I’ve taken great joy in challenging my limits. It really irks me that (Armstrong) has admitted to doping and he’s shown no remorse.”

Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
More cycling news less swimming news please.
NashbarShorts More than 1 year ago
Sorry but the man dominated cycling for the past decade+, and loved the media attention. He is still newsworthy especially after exiting the sport in such a, shall we say, "nongracious" manner...
Strydz More than 1 year ago
Agree with Chuck T here, this is not a cycling story
cpsych More than 1 year ago
Agreed, Chuck T. Armstrong swimming is not cycling news - just headline grabbing. Don't need to know what LA is doing, unless he jumps on a bike and wins a race. And even then . . . .
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Lance is the most known rider of all time by orders of magnitude. In fact, he transcended bike racing and became a global icon. All news media uses his name whenever possible because it translates into money for them. He generates emotion, interest, and people follow him. For the media, it doesn't matter whether for love or hate, it serves their purpose. As difficult as this will be for you, the only way you can help is to never click on anything with his name. But people get itchy fingers when they see his name so on and on it goes.
phil0217 More than 1 year ago
better get those p.e.d's out again lance...
Tranquil More than 1 year ago
Good to see Lance is moving on.
Stalky More than 1 year ago
the very fact he's in competition at all proves he's NOT moving on!!
Pete Underdown More than 1 year ago
A lifetime of PEDs leaching out of his body will give everyone in the pool with him a boost!
DrBigRing More than 1 year ago
How is this a cycling news story? And could they find a less flattering photo of LA?
NashbarShorts More than 1 year ago
You were hoping they have a file photo of Lance in his speedo???
Dennis Bean-Larson More than 1 year ago is no different than the tabloids, they are always looking for dirt to make into headlines. Have you noticed how most of the headlines here in recent months have become extroardinarily provacative?
NashbarShorts More than 1 year ago
Lance is arguably the biggest name in the cycling world, maybe 2nd to Merckx. If Merckx died or got a DUI or was busted snorting coke on a prostitute's belly, do you not think Cyclingnews would be justified in running the story???
NashbarShorts More than 1 year ago
Does US Masters swimming run dope control at their events? Nope? OK, all's good Lance, go for it....
DavePat More than 1 year ago
This story is out of date already. Armstrong was forced to withdwaw as the races fall under the national gov. bodies jurisdiction and they are signitories of the WADA code.
runninboy More than 1 year ago
A convicted doper serving a lifetime ban. sidestepping his ban to compete in an Olympic sport IS worth a mention here. You people are unbelievable.
FaustoCoppi More than 1 year ago
I hope he does well