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‘Informal’ talks on Michael Phelps competing at worlds

March 6, 2015

Michael Phelps possibly could swim in this year’s world championships if his ban is overturned by USA Swimming.

There have been discussions about Phelps’ possible participation in the world meet to be held in Russia starting in late July.

However, USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman characterized any conversations as informal and preliminary. He says it is premature to comment about the future.

Phelps’ six-month suspension as a result of his second drunken driving arrest ends April 6. He had already qualified for worlds, the biggest international meet leading up to next year’s Rio Olympics.

The 18-time Olympic champion agreed he would not represent the U.S. at the world meet as part of his suspension by USA Swimming handed down last fall. Phelps has remained in training and is expected to return to competition at a meet in Arizona next month.

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