Murky pool delays SA Swimming champs

2013-04-16 13:18

The second day of the SA Swimming Championships in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, has been postponed due to the poor quality of the water at the Newton Park Swimming Pool.

Organisers said today’s schedule would be pushed back by one day.

A burst pipe at the pool, which was clear last week, turned the water grass green a day before the start of the championships yesterday.

The water quality caused serious problems on the first day of the event, which also acts as trials for this year’s World Swimming Championships.

Competitors struggled to see where they were going and battled with their turns at the wall.

Shortly after yesterday’s evening session was completed, staff started treating the pool to improve the clarity, but by this morning the murky water had not cleared.

Earlier today, municipal staff did not begin further treatment of the water and the programme, initially set to start at 9.30am, but was rescheduled for 10.30am. It was thereafter postponed by another hour before organisers called off the day’s action.

Marion Harning, Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan municipality councillor for sport and recreation, said nobody was to blame for the burst pipe, and Swimming SA said the situation was out of their control as the municipality was responsible for the pool.

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