Open Water Swimming To Live Up To Expectations

Open Water Swimming To Live Up To Expectations

Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, described swimming in a unique and flattering way in a message to the aquatic community.

FINA is now one of the most important international federations with 202 affiliated federations across the world. There has been a great deal of development in the sport since FINA was founded, including the development of new disciplines and events.

Today, swimming has become one of the biggest and most significant sports on the Olympic programme with five separate aquatic disciplines – swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming.”

Words are carefully chosen at the highest levels of international sport, spoken with the care of diplomats and political leaders. Given Rogge’s speech, it seems that the sport of open water swimming is at least on the radar of the most powerful individual in the Olympic community.

He continued, “…including the development of new disciplines and events…” referring to the introduction of marathon swimming to the Olympic family, specifically the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.

“…with five separate aquatic disciplines – swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming…” was also a flattering and symbolic description by President Rogge. To the best of our knowledge, IOC, FINA and other aquatic governing body leaders have never described the FINA disciplines with open water swimming listed second. It is traditional and a reflection of priorities that open water swimming is frequently described last among FINA’s scope of responsibilities.

But perhaps, thinking imaginatively, President Rogge knows well the plans and capabilities of the London Olympic Games Organising Committee, and the preparations leading up to the 2012 London Olympics. It may be that he intentionally listed open water swimming second.

Whatever the reasons why he spoke so favorably about open water swimming, we are very confident that the sport and its enthusiasts will not only live up to his expectations, but also exceed them in a positively heroic manner in London.

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