World Aquatics cancelled a check occasion for the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics after water high quality within the River Seine was dominated to be “under acceptable requirements.”
The fourth meet of the Open Water Swimming World Cup was on account of happen on 5 and 6 August.
The Seine is scheduled to host marathon swimming, triathlon and Para-triathlon occasions on the Olympics and Paralympics.
World Aquatics stated the well being of athletes was its “prime precedence”.
“Following latest above-average rainfall in Paris, the water high quality within the Seine has remained under acceptable requirements for safeguarding swimmers’ well being,” learn an announcement.
“World Aquatics understands that additional infrastructure tasks shall be accomplished to considerably enhance water high quality within the Seine within the lead-up to subsequent yr’s Olympic Video games.
“Primarily based on this weekend, it’s clear that additional work is required with Paris 2024 and native authorities to make sure sturdy contingency plans are in place for subsequent yr.”
Paris 2024 organisers stated efforts to make the Seine swimmable had “considerably” improved the standard of the water.
They’re working with World Aquatics and native authorities on “particular measures” for the Olympics resembling contingency days to “scale back the impression of those meteorological dangers”.
World Triathlon and Paris 2024 organisers stated they’re “assured” the swimming legs of its Paris 2024 check occasion would go forward within the Seine from 17-20 August.
World Triathlon stated: “Within the unlikely occasion that water high quality doesn’t meet the requirement of World Triathlon and public well being authorities, a contingency plan is in place which might see the race(s) shifted to a duathlon format.”
Swimming is ready to be one of many main legacies of the Video games due to a 1.4bn euro (£1.2bn) regeneration undertaking in Paris, with three open-air swimming areas accessible from the quayside by 2025.
This week UK Well being Safety Company North East started an investigation after reviews that no less than 57 individuals fell ailing following the World Triathlon Championship Sequence in Sunderland.