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AUSTIN, Texas — Lance Armstrong is pulling out of the pool.

Swimming’s international federation body raised objections to Armstrong’s participation in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas this weekend, U.S. Masters Swimming Executive Director Rob Butcher said Thursday. Armstrong had planned to swim three distance events.

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“He doesn’t want to cause any more harm to any more organizations,” Butcher told The Associated Press. “His interest was around fitness and training. In light of FINA and the other political stuff, he will not be swimming.”

Although Butcher said Armstrong withdrew from the event, he likely didn’t have a choice after FINA raised objections to his participation. An Armstrong spokesman did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

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The U.S Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong from sanctioned competition…

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