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Smog causes halts world cup swmming
03 Oct 2015 15:03
The Singapore Swimming Association is considering legal action after thick smog caused by forest fires in Indonesia led to the cancellation of the first night of finals at swimming's World Cup series.
Concerned about the potential health dangers to competitors, swimming's world governing body FINA decided to cancel Saturday's finals, even though pollution readings were still just below the levels they had set as the benchmark for continuing.
FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu said Sunday's schedule remained unchanged, depending on weather conditions.
The world body had already announced on Friday that it decided to cancel the longer distance events and had contingency plans to call off whole sessions if the pollution levels deteriorate.
Jose Raymond, a vice president of the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) said in a separate statement that the haze had destroyed months of hard work.
"The investment put into the event, through sponsors, time spent by our staff and volunteers, and the effort taken by athletes and officials to travel to Singapore have been wasted beyond measurement," he said.

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