FINA says Rio 2016 arrangements compromise athletes’ safety

first_imgFINA has accused them of showing “disrespect” for their requirements by providing substandard facilities and failing to act on warnings about the hazardous nature of the open water swimning venue at Copacabana beach and nearby open-air venues for diving, water polo and synchronised swimming.In a letter seen by Associated Press, the FINA President, Julio Maglione, has complained to the Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes about a range of issues.“The recent decisions of Mr Eduardo Paes are seriously damaging the image and value of FINA and its disciplines,” the letter states according to the AP.“This situation is in clear disrespect for the FINA requirements concerning aquatic venues, and will negatively affect the safety conditions and the level of performances of our athletes.”The report adds that four-time Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov is quoted in the letter as saying that swimming conditions in Rio would be “a step back in relation to previous editions” of the Olympics.FINA’s unhappiness partly relates to a cut in spectator seats in the new design of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, which will now only seat up to 13,000 people instead of the 17,500 at the previous Olympics, which will have a substantial effect on finances through ticket sales.“Therefore, the main venue of the leading sport from the Olympic movement is diminished in terms of importance and value,” the letter states.“Providing less available space for TV, media, athletes and spectators, this will naturally have its negative impact in terms of the coverage of the Olympic competition and in terms of working conditions for all those using the venue.”The letter also demands Rio do more thorough testing of the health issues at the open water venues at Copacabana beach and is critical of a decision not to put a roof on the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, which will hold diving, water polo and synchronized swimming in the open air.FINA’s criticisms have attracted support from Vladimir Salnikov, the influential head of Russia’s swimming federation.Russian agency R-Sport quotes him as saying: “These problems have to be solved on time” – adding that earlier recommendations from FINA “obviously haven’t been listened to.”last_img read more

Cricket: KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant involved in a number of records on the…

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Photo Courtesy: Indian Express)Indian opener KL Rahul and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who both scored a scintillating 149 and 114 respectively on the final day in a losing cause were involved in breaking a few records. The duo, who shared a 204 run partnership between themselves took India to the jaws of a victory before losing their wickets in the final session.Upon their journey back to the pavilion, the rest of the team didn’t last long and eventually surrendered to a 118 run loss. Thus England won the 5 match series by the scoreline of 4-1. In the mammoth partnership that both put up, here are some of the records the duo accomplished:KL Rahul became the ninth batsmen to score his first five centuries in five different countries. His test hundreds have so far come in England, Australia, Sri Lanka, West Indies and India. KL Rahul’s 149 is the second highest individual score by an Indian batsman in the fourth innings of a Test, only after Sunil Gavaskar’s 221 at Oval in 1979.The 204-run partnership between Rahul and Rishabh Pant is the second highest partnership for any wicket for India in the fourth innings of a Test match.  It is also only the second partnership of 200 runs or more for the sixth wicket or below for any side in the fourth Test of an innings. The only pair to do so before was Adam Gilchrist and Justin Langer, who stitched 238 runs together for the sixth wicket against Pakistan in Hobart.Rishabh Pant became only the fourth wicketkeeper from India to score a century outside the subcontinent, only after are Vijay Manjrekar, Ajay Ratra, and Wriddhiman Saha.Pant is also the second youngest wicketkeeper to score a ton for India, at 20 years and 342 days, only after Ajay Ratra, who scored his ton at 20 years and 150 days against West Indies in 2002.Also Read:Cricket: Alastair Cook enters the record books in his final testlast_img read more