Water Quality Becoming A Bigger Issue In The Open Water

Water Quality Becoming A Bigger Issue In The Open Water

FINA announced today the cancellation of the long-running FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix held in the majestic Sumidero Canyon, Mexico.

This decision has been made based on the recommendation of the FINA Sports Medicine Committee due to water quality levels. FINA has a rule (OWS 5.3) that states “a certificate of suitability for use of the venue shall be issued by the appropriate local health and safety authorities. In general terms the certification must relate to water purity and to physical safety from other considerations.”

The ultimate decision to cancel the race, scheduled for May 7th, was based on the best interests of the athletes to ensure their health and safety. Due to the high costs of hosting and organizing a major international competition, this is a decision that shows the interests of the athletes are first and foremost. FINA Sports Medicine Committee, stated, “Given the importance of the health and safety of the open water swimming athletes, and in light of the official documentation on water quality provided by the Mexican Swimming Federation, it is evident that FINA should not expose its swimmers to these unsafe water conditions.”

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