Lance Armstrong won't be returning to competition this weekend after all.
The disgraced former cyclist, who has been banned for life from all events sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, decided not to take part in three distance events in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas after objections were raised by FINA, the sport's international federation body.
“He doesn't want to cause any more harm to any more organizations,” U.S. Masters Swimming executive director Rob Butcher told Associated Press. “His interest was around fitness and training. In light of FINA and the other political stuff, he will not be swimming.”
In the 40-44 age group, Armstrong had the second-best qualifying time in the 1,000-yard freestyle and third-best in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle events.