More New International Developments In The Open Water

More New International Developments In The Open Water

The Olympic 10 km Marathon Swim was accepted as a medal event by the International Olympic Committee in 2005. With a successful launch at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the sport was granted at least two more opportunities to showcase its athletes at the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

And there were other new international competitions. The International University Sports Federation (FISU) added a new 10 km open water swim to its Summer Universiade (World University Games) in 2010. And Special Olympics International successfully added an exhibition 1.5 km open water swim to its quadrennial World Summer Games in 2011.

The gates to the open water world continued to welcome in new events on the world’s circuit: the Southeast Asian Games (a 5 km and 10 km event in Indonesia), the Asian Beach Games (a 5 km and 10 km event in Haiyang, China), the South Asian Beach Games (a 5 km event in Sri Lanka), and the South American Beach Games (a 5 km and 10 km event in Primeros Juegos Suramericanos de Playa in Uruguay), and the World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships in Ontario, Canada.

Now the Maccabiah World Union has added the sport of open water swimming to its Maccabiah games. The 2013 Maccabiah games will feature 3 different swims in the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee): a 1.5 km race, a 5 km race and a 3 km Team Pursuit race. More details to follow.

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