LOCOG Focused On Open Water Safety

LOCOG Focused On Open Water Safety

The Telegraph reported that the London Olympic Games Organizing Committee (LOCOG) is working with British Swimming and FINA’s Technical Open Water Swimming Commmittee to improve its safety plans at the 2012 London Games 10K Marathon Swim.

The Telegraph also reported that there will be an Olympic 10K Marathon Swim test event this August on the Olympic course. The test race will consist of six 1.67KK loops where 30 swimmers of each gender will be selected based on their performances at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.

LOCOG commented, “Water safety is integral to LOCOG’s plans. We are working closely with FINA’s Technical Open Water Swimming Committee on plans for the marathon swimming races. The nature of open water swimming means that the exact course and the environmental conditions at each venue vary with regards to water depths, currents and water temperatures. For example the World Championships open water events in Melbourne in 2007 were held in the sea, whereas in 2008 in Beijing the events were held in a flat water rowing lake. The safety measures applied to the London 2012 course will be specifically designed for our particular course and environmental conditions with regards to numbers and types of boats, lifeguards and medical staff.” .”

David Sparkes, British Swimming’s CEO, also commented, “On a risk assessment it would be daft to have one boat per swimmer but it is about the number of boats.”

What is particularly comforting is that one of the most knowledgeable and passionate open water swimming experts in the world, Sam Greetham is not only a FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee member and long-time influential leader with British Swimming, but also has a large imprint on the 2012 London Games’ 10K Marathon Swim course and competition. With Sam’s eye for detail, his deep well of knowledge of the sport, its tactics, its inherent beauty and challenges, the 10K Marathon Swim could not be in better hands or in a more dramatic venue for the 2012 London Olympics.

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Steven Munatones