Saturday, July 25, 2009

FINA Finally Gets It Right

I read this morning FINA has figured out which of those high tech full length swim suits to allow -- none of them. Good for FINA. I honestly didn't expect it. I sincerely hope this is the end of this nonsense. The suits have done much harm to the sport. New records drew little more than yawns from fans. It had become laughable to suggest the suits weren't the culprit. Since Last year, 130 world records have been broken by swimmers wearing them. This decision is good for the sport of swimming and strengthens the legitimacy of the governing body FINA. Since the suits were introduced, each record has raised a bit of ire among fans. The changes won't go into effect until after the world championships that begin Sunday in Rome but each world record set will I am sure be sub noted with a "Yeah right." The next thing FINA needs to do is to asterisk each record set with one of these suits. It's going to be a long time, if ever before some of these records are broken.

For more on the FINA decision read this piece in Reach For the Wall

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