USMS: “Armstrong is Not Eligible to Race in USMS Competitions”

In what should wrap up the news on the Lance Armstrong/Masters Swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming sent out a release confirming their position that Lance Armstrong is not eligible for Masters competitions.

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The full press release can be read below.

Lance Armstrong is not eligible to race in U.S. Masters Swimming competitions.

The former competitive cyclist has been a member of U.S. Masters Swimming for several years. The spirit and purpose of USMS is to encourage adults to swim.

USMS is affiliated with FINA (Federation Internationale de Natacion) through United States Aquatic Sports.

When we became aware that Mr. Armstrong entered the 2013 South Central Zone Championship in Austin, Texas, April 5–7, a local event sanctioned by USMS, we contacted United States Aquatic Sports and FINA to clarify our responsibilities in this case. The event in question is conducted in a 25-yard pool, a non-Olympic course not contested on the international stage.

After discussion with United States Aquatic Sports and FINA, it was agreed that although Mr. Armstrong is eligible for membership in U.S. Masters Swimming, he is not currently eligible to compete in sanctioned swimming competitions, regardless of the type of course.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has banned Mr. Armstrong from competition. FINA accepts the WADA Code and USMS, as a member of United States Aquatic Sports, recognizes and respects adjudications under the Code.

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Ben

Dumb.

Steve Nolan

After discussion with United States Aquatic Sports and FINA, it was agreed that although Mr. Armstrong is eligible for membership in U.S. Masters Swimming, he is not currently eligible to compete in sanctioned swimming competitions, regardless of the type of course.

Uhh, okay? I say we make him USMS President. I mean, he can be a member, seems like that’s a possibility.

Stupid

“USAS deliberately attempts to play a minimal role within the United States, leaving primary responsibility for the governance of each of the aquatic sports to the members of USAS. By law, USAS must present a single organization to represent the United States NGB’s internationally”. If FINA and USAS all of a sudden want to dictate to USMS then perhaps they should also step in and clean up USA Swimming. It’s funny how these organizations are supposedely not responsible for each other until it benefits themselves. Kind of like USA Swimming saying they are not responsible for their LSC’s or clubs. I bet if a US citizen sent a complaint to FINA about an incident in the US, FINA would say… Read more »

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