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

While Teslas Elon Musk May Not Be Punctual Big Auto Is Barely

first_imgFORMER TESLA STAFFER: CARMAKERS WEDDED TO OLD TECH ARE ‘HEADED FOR OBSOLESENCE’Elon Musk is consistently accused of being late. Sure, Tesla typically takes longer to launch its electric cars than Musk’s overzealous timelines. But no one can argue with his sense of urgency to expedite EVs to market. On the other hand, how are legacy automakers faring in their race to go electric?Check Out These Stories: Big Auto’s Tesla Killer Plans: Serious Investments or Vanity Projects? Above: A look at one of Tesla’s Superchargers (LinkedIn: Hamish McKenzie)Meanwhile, “Other automakers seem to be hoping that mild gestures and good publicity will get them through… The problem for traditional automakers is that they are too deeply wedded to an old technology headed for obsolescence — along with the way they’ve been doing business for decades.” As an example, McKenzie points to “BMW [which] has announced plans for 25 electric models by 2025, but its head of research and development has said he expects 85% of the company’s cars will still have internal combustion engines in 2030.”McKenzie sat down with Carsten Breitfeld who previously ran BMW’s i3 and i8 electric car programs. According to Breitfeld, “They’re doing too many cars right now with the old technology, earning a lot of money out of it, being very profitable.” The board directors at these companies are focused on three-to-five-year outcomes instead of the long term, says Breitfeld. “They’re concentrating very much on today’s and tomorrow’s businesses.” Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 18, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. Source: Electric Vehicle Newscenter_img Above: A look at Tesla’s luxury sedan, the Model S (LinkedIn: Hamish McKenzie)At the end of the day, McKenzie explains, “The established automakers still have a chance of participating in an electric revolution, but those who assume they will be there by default are being overly optimistic. The car company of the future is not one that can produce the occasional good electric car among a suite of gasoline-burners. It must concentrate on developing cars that will dominate the next 20 years. The longer it waits, the greater the challenge becomes. Ask yourself who you’d rather be: Tesla or GM? Better yet, ask Nokia.”===Source: Marketwatch*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Tesla Primed To Succeed Against Big Auto The Impending Big Auto/Oil Implosion Explained: Video Above: Author Hamish McKenzie and his new book, Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked a Revolution to End the Age of Oil (Image: Marketwatch)According to a former Tesla staffer, Hamish McKenzie, and author of Insane Mode: How Elon Musk’s Tesla Sparked a Revolution to End the Age of Oil, “Other car companies, from General Motors to BMW aren’t showing the same sense of urgency — and that could be their downfall.” For instance, “GM has promised 20 electric models by 2023 and has said it believes ‘the future is all-electric,’ but it hasn’t set a date by which it will make the full transition.”McKenzie writes in Marketwatch that “trends from Tesla alone should be enough to scare the hell out of established automakers. In August, Tesla’s Model 3 comfortably outsold the perennially best-selling BMW 3-Series in U.S. according to sales estimates. That’s impressive for Tesla’s first foray into the premium mass-market segment, but it’s only just getting started. The cheapest version of the Model 3 is yet to come, and Tesla still has hundreds of thousands of back-orders to fill. Last quarter, Tesla made twice as many cars at it did in the previous quarter. And it’s now profitable.”last_img read more