Retired Phelps re­moves name from drug test­ing sys­tem

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK >> Michael Phelps has taken an­other step to put an of­fi­cial seal on his retirement.

ESPN and NBC Sports re­port Phelps told re­porters Monday ahead of USA Swim­ming’s Golden Gog­gle awards that he has re­moved him­self from USA Swim­ming’s drug test­ing pro­gram.

Phelps ended his pre­vi­ous retirement af­ter the 2012 Games by re­join­ing the same pro­gram.

Phelps later re­it­er­ated his retirement on stage Monday, say­ing, “I’m done com­pet­i­tive swim­ming, but I’m never too far away from the pool.”

Phelps also touched on his se­cret June wed­ding to Ni­cole Johnson. Phelps says he and Johnson mar­ried in a “small lit­tle cer­e­mony” in or­der to make it eas­ier for them to travel to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with their in­fant son, Boomer. They had a more for­mal cer­e­mony last month in Mex­ico.

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