Phelps snubbed from US Swimming team

US Swimming says Olympic gold-medallist Michael Phelps will not be taking part in the world championships or Pan-American Games this year.

US swimming legend Michael Phelps will not be taking part in the sport's world championships in Russia or in the Pan-American Games in Toronto this year.

"He is not a member of the 2015 world championships team, per the mutual decision of his withdrawal from the team last October," a spokesman for US Swimming told DPA on Wednesday.

US Swimming executive director Chuck Wielgus had opened the door to a change of mind last month, when he said that while Phelps's readmission would be complicated, "there are ways in which it could happen". He is also set to miss this year's Pan-American Games in July.

"The team for Team USA at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto is set and he is not on that team," the US Swimming spokesman said.

Phelps, 29, who has won 18 Olympic gold medals in his career, was suspended by US Swimming for six months after being arrested for drink-driving and speeding in September. The suspension will expire on Monday.

Phelps retired from swimming after the London 2012 Olympics, and returned to the sport a year ago with a view to competing in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

Source: AAP

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