Swimmers face late nights at Rio Games

first_imgKAZAN, Russia (AP):One prominent swimming coach called it “irresponsible”. Another labelled it a “business decision”.World governing body FÈdÈration Internationale de Natation (FINA), meanwhile, placed the onus on the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Whatever the factors at play, the bottom line for swimmers is this: They’ll be competing until or after midnight at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Finals will begin at 10 p.m. local time – about four hours later than swimmers are used to. To compensate, what are usually known as ‘morning’ heats will begin at 1 p.m.”We will prepare for it, but it’s a pretty irresponsible decision that has been made,” Australia head coach Jacco Verhaeren told The Associated Press.The schedule will suit the North American television audience with Rio one hour ahead of New York and four ahead of the US West Coast. It also suits Asia, where late-evening events in Rio happen in the morning the next day and may extend into the early afternoon.EUROPEANAUDIENCEAudiences in Europe, however, will be virtually shut out.”We said no. But it’s not us who decides,” FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu said before Sunday’s end of the World Championships, which had a more traditional 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. schedule. “It’s an IOC event and we have to respect it. We have to adapt. … Television is very important for everybody.”The schedule will be toughest on multi-event swimmers and, medallists. After post-race interviews, a news conference and a doping test, competitors might not return to the athletes’ village until the early hours of the morning.”Normally at two, three in the morning in the athletes’ village there’s a skeleton staff and there’s not a lot of (food) choice,” said Cameron van der Burgh, the South African hoping to defend his 100-metre breaststroke title in Rio.FINA is working to ensure that swimmers will be lodged on the top floors in the village to avoid disturbances and let them sleep later than other athletes.TEMPORARYPOOLS”The quality of food, availability of food and transportation will be assured,” Marculescu said. “And there will be two temporary pools in the village for training. … We are trying to facilitate as much as possible.”Swimming won’t be the only sport with late start times in Rio. Beach volleyball, volleyball and basketball games are also slated to run past midnight.The swimming schedule brings to mind the morning finals at the 2008 Beijing Games, enabling Michael Phelps’ record haul of eight golds to be seen live in prime time on NBC in the United States.”Who knows what will happen in 2020?” said John Rudd, coach of Lithuanian breaststroke standout Ruta Meilutyte. “At least we know and we’re not being told about it six weeks before. Plenty of time to prepare.””Sport is also a business,” Rudd added. “Everyone has to make sensible business decisions, as well as sensible athlete decisions, and there’s a balance there. Whether they got the balance right, that’s a matter of opinion. But for this sport to survive, we’ve got to take money where it is.”last_img read more

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SHOCK AS ANOTHER WIND TURBINE DISINTEGRATES AT SECOND WINDFARM SITE

first_imgThe blade is embedded in the groundANOTHER Donegal wind turbine has been smashed – by high winds!A blade on a turbine at Corkermore wind farm has snapped clean off and embedded in the ground below.Just a month ago the site was given the go-ahead to add four new turbines by An Bord Pleanala. The site of the windfarm is nine kilometres north-east of Killybegs.An appeal was lodged against Donegal County Council awarding permission on a number of grounds including that it didn’t take correct note of public submissions, the impact of low level sound on human health as well as a potential negative impact on the environment, scenic beauty and tourism.In its conclusion, An Bord Pleanala said the proposed development would not be likely to have any significant negative impacts on the environment in relation to the landscape, noise emissions, shadow flicker, slope stability, water quality or otherwise.It concluded the proposed development would therefore be in keeping with proper planning and sustainable development of the area and can go ahead. The latest turbine smashing incident comes after another one at Maas near Ardara collapsed in March.On that occasion the owners of that site blamed high winds.The incident at Corkermore follows a storm yesterday.No-one has been injured in the incident. SHOCK AS ANOTHER WIND TURBINE DISINTEGRATES AT SECOND WINDFARM SITE was last modified: December 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:collapsecorkermore wind farmDonegal Dailyturbine damagelast_img read more

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