Wetsuits To Be Worn In Olympic Marathon, Says FINA, As Draft Rules Rushed Through

FINA, the international federation that promoted in its ranks the man in charge of organisation on the day Fran Crippen died in a world cup race off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in 2010, will this month consider draft rules on the wearing of wet suits in the Olympic marathon at the Rio 2016 Games.

Jan-Anders Manson, the chairman of the FINA Swimsuit Approval Commission, has been asked to draw up draft rules on the wearing of wet suits in Open Water competitions where water temperatures are (or are likely) to be less than 18-20C. The death of Fran Crippen centred on the opposite end of conditions, waters and dirt temperature on the tragic day searingly hot.

Rio’s Olympic water consistently contaminated

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Olympic waters in this city are more widely contaminated by sewage than previously known and pose a greater threat to athletes’ health ahead of next year’s games, according to new results from tests commissioned by The Associated Press.

Expanded analysis of Rio’s waterways shows that high viral and in some cases bacterial counts are found not just along shorelines where raw sewage runs into waterbodies, but far offshore where athletes will compete in sailing, rowing and canoeing.

Olympic waters in Rio even worse than originally thought

Rio’s waters have high viral and bacterial counts not only near shore, but also far offshore where athletes will be swimming and rowing.

A new water contamination study showed that the open water on which some Olympic events will be contested in Rio de Janeiro are more widely contaminated by sewage than previously known, according to results from the tests commissioned by The Associated Press.

Researchers found “that high viral and, in some cases, bacterial counts were found not just along the shorelines where raw sewage runs into water bodies, but far offshore." Athletes who are competing in open water swimming, triathlon, sailing, canoeing and rowing would have a 99 percent chance of being infected with a virus by ingesting as little as three teaspoons of the water. 

No Viral Testing of Open Water Venues for 2016 Rio Olympics?

... Despite recommendations from several organizations to test for viruses in the Rio waters that are often exposed to human-sewage, it appears that the Rio Olympic Organizing Committee has ruled out conducting the tests. This decision comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) stuck to its policy of not doing routine viral testing to monitor water quality around the world. The standard procedure is to test for bacteria and not viruses ...

the waters of the Copacabana beach were safe during the organisation of the Marathon Swimming test event

FINA press release:
Following the Marathon Swimming Olympic Test Event, held in Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro (BRA) on August 22-23, 2015, the FINA Sports Medicine Committee, together with the concerned National Federations, made a follow-up with the 50 swimmers from 12 nations that took part in the competition.

Rio 2016 Open Water Test Event

The official Olympic test event for open water swimming was held on Saturday and Sunday off the Copacabana Beach following the anticipated Olympic racecourse.

The women’s 10km race went to Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne. The two time world champion won the race with a time of 2:12:18.7.

Allan do Carmo of Brazil won the men’s race with a time of 2:03.53.9 over Japan’s Yasunari Hirai and Olympic bronze medallist Richard Weinberger.

The race didn’t come without controversy as many athletes didn’t participate due the unsanitary conditions of the water that have caused many to question if the venue is suitable to host the event on the world’s largest stage.

2016 Olympic marathon swim qualifier returning to Setubal Portugal

For the second straight Olympiad, the final entrants to the open water 10km race in Rio will be decided in Setubal, Portugal, FINA has confirmed to SwimSwam this week.

Though the dates haven’t yet been set, knowing the location will help some of the world’s best plan their contingencies in the event that they aren’t in the top 10 at the 2015 World Championships.

At a basic level, the top 10 swimmers in the 10km race at the World Championships in 2015 will automatically be eligible for the Olympics. Then, the FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier (the race in Setubal) will select at least 14 more men and 14 more women for the Olympics, plus a minimum of 1 each from both genders from the host country Brazil (though it’s likely that Brazil will already be handled in the above two finish orders).

14# Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Saturday, 25 July, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, 2 August, 2015 (All day)

The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games open on 25 July 2015 in  Los Angeles, California. The 2015  Games will feature competitions in aquatics including openwater swimming, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports involving 7,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from around the world.



Open Water Swimming will be held at Alamitos Beach in Long Beach.

Guanabara Bay Is Not Copacabana Beach?

dailynews.openwaterswimming wrote:
'...But Guanabara Bay is not Copacabana Beach where the Olympic 10K marathon swimmers and triathletes will compete.

We find it unfortunate that there are some people in the aquatics world who believe that media reports (e.g., see AP report here) imply or infer that the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim either will be cancelled or should be moved from Rio de Janeiro to other locations....'

Rio official: Water pollution targets won't be met

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil will not make good on its commitment to clean up Rio de Janeiro's sewage-filled Guanabara Bay by the 2016 Olympic Games, state environmental officials acknowledged in a letter obtained Saturday by The Associated Press. In the May 7 letter addressed to Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, Rio's state environment secretary, Carlos Francisco Portinho, asks for more funding for depollution efforts but acknowledges that at current investment rates, it will take more than a decade to significantly reduce the levels of pollution in the bay, where the Olympic sailing events are to be held.