When the swimming community found out that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was to enter the South Central Zone Masters Championship meet, reactions were mixed. Some were outraged, while others took more of a “live-and-let-live” approach.
FINA, the world’s governing body for swimming, it turns out, fell into the camp of the former.
The National Post reports today that USMS Executive Director Rob Butcher says Armstrong has pulled out of the meet. Though U.S. Masters Swimming is not specifically a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code, it’s umbrella organization FINA is. Though Butcher was quoted as saying that USMS doesn’t fall under the same rules that issued Lance Armstrong a lifetime ban, FINA felt differently.
In a letter to USMS, FINA said that they did, in fact, fall under the auspices of the World Anti-Doping Code, even though they don’t drug test.
Armstrong has decided to withdraw from the event after the outcry. He was scheduled to swim the 500, 1000, and 1,650 yard freestyle.