Lance Armstrong set to return to competitive sports

Sydney: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is set to make a return to competitive sport after signing up for to swim three events this weekend at the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas.

According to Armstrong`s spokesman Mark Higgins, Armstrong will compete in the 40-44 age group in the 457 metres, 914 metres and the 1509 metres freestyle events.

The US Masters Swimming (USMS) is not covered under the same drug testing rules of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which banned Armstrong for life from its sanctioned events for his performance-enhancing drug use during his cycling career.

USMS executive director Rob Butcher said that Armstrong is a member of USMS and thus is eligible to swim, adding that their mission is that they encourage swimming among adults.

Butcher further said that although the USMS does not carry out doping tests, the organisation has debated in the past whether to start doing so, and whether Armstrong or other athletes who have been caught doping should be allowed to compete.

Armstrong had been pursuing a post-cycling career in triathlons before he was banned by USADA for performance-enhancing drug use, the report added.