Lance Armstrong’s ban partially lifted

Lance Armstrong is cleared to compete again, in almost everything except cycling, as a two-year ban from non-international competitive Olympic sports expired on 24 August.

“He can compete in a sanctioned event at a national or regional level in a sport other than cycling that does not qualify him … to compete in a national championship or international event,” USADA spokesman Ryan Madden said in a response to an inquiry from USA TODAY Sports.

His lifetime ban from cycling still exists and he is barred from international level competition. However, he has said publicly he is not interested in competing, except in events that are part of his new endurance sports business venture.

“I will likely jump into some of these (bringing up the rear) as time goes on,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I am now 45 years old and just exercise these days for general fitness and for my sanity.”

As well the federal whistleblower lawsuit against him is still pending with the judge expected to rule on motions for summary judgment from both sides in the coming weeks.

Over the past four years, the larger ban extended to sports that are signatories of theWorld Anti-Doping Agency code, including sanctioned triathlons.

In the fall of 2012, he had expressed interest in running in the Chicago Marathon, but was not allowed to because the event was sanctioned by USA Track and Field, a signatory to the WADA code. Similarly, in 2013, Armstrong was forced to drop out of a U.S. Masters swimming event in Austin for the same reason.

He has participated in small local events that are not sanctioned under the WADA code, including a SuperFrog triathlon that he won in California in September 2012.

It’s unclear what events he may try now that he couldn’t since August 2012.

“Good question,” Armstrong said. “And one I don’t really know the answer to – it’s kind of complicated. My interpretation would be, yes, in probably 80% of the events out there I am free to compete.”

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