Papillon! Suspension of competition due to water pollution

The Seine River Open Water Swimming World Cup event in Paris has been suspended due to… pollution in its watersAnnounced by the International Aquatics Federation.

Heavy rains in Paris in recent weeks have brought water quality to levels “below acceptable standards”. protect the health of swimmers “, Water Worlds explained in a statement.

It was the fourth test of the World Professional Championships, with A competition for women and men at a length of 10 km.

although Paris test center suspension ‘disappointing’“Athletes’ health should always be our top priority,” said IFRC President Hussain Al-Musallam.

The decision could have taken into account the episode that occurred last weekend in Sunderland (UK), when dozens of athletes developed symptoms of gastroenteritis after participating in a World Cup triathlon event, which It is attributed to contamination with Escherichia coli bacteria Marine waters where the swim test was conducted.

In Paris, more than usual rains in recent weeks have increased contamination, mainly from E. coli.

The Parisian audition was intended as a public rehearsal for the free water swimming and triathlon tests to be held At the same stage of the Olympics just a year from now.

The start of the competitions was at the same place of the Olympic trials, the historic bridge named after Tsar Alexander III. Pigeons in the Seine in the capital and Its surroundings were banned in 1923 for health reasonsalthough there are people who practice it.

Years ago, the French government and local and regional authorities launched an ambitious program to improve wastewater and stormwater management, in collaboration with the French government.An investment of about 1400 million euros. The goal is for the river to be suitable for bathing by 2024.

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