Lance Armstrong to Compete in Swimming Race

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It's not about ... the pool? Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is planning to return to competitive sports this weekend ... as a middle-distance swimmer.

He'll compete in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships in Texas, which aren't subject to USA or World Anti-Doping Agency codes.

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Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after deciding not to defend the litany of doping charges filed against him last August.

This weekend, he is set to compete in freestyle races of 500 yards, 1,000 yards and 1,650 yards at the swimming event held in his home city of Austin.

The Texan will compete with swimmers his own age or older.

His first race, the 1,650-yard freestyle, takes place Friday.

US Masters Swimming executive director Rob Butcher said that he had not received any objections to Lance Armstrong competing in the event.

"The purpose of our organization is to encourage adults to swim," Butcher told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper in a simple statement.

Armstrong confessed to taking performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins between 1999-2005 in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

He is banned for life from cycling.

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