Zeenews Sports Bureau
Austin: Swimming’s International Federation raised objections to Lance Armstrong’s participation in the Masters South Central Zone Championships forcing him to withdraw from the event.
The U.S Anti-Doping Agency had banned Armstrong from sanctioned competition for life for his use of performance-enhancing drugs during a cycling career that included seven Tour de France titles.
U.S. Masters Swimming executive director Rob Butcher had said on Wednesday that Armstrong, who is a U.S. Masters Swimming member, would be allowed to compete in his 40-44 age group as the event did not fall under USADA drug testing rules.
But FINA, swimming`s international federation, sent a letter to U.S. Masters Swimming officials, saying that because U.S. Masters Swimming is under its umbrella as a sanctioning body, it must abide by the WADA code and bar Armstrong from participating.
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