According to Brazil’s Blog do Coach, run by Alex Pussielidi, FINA this weekend approved the local 1PM prelims and 10PM finals times that have been proposed and protested for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. That’s as compared to 10AM prelims and 7:30PM finals in London.
This schedule had been the primary of a few alternatives initially proposed and presented to Brazilian coaches in October, and FINA has given the decision their stamp of approval.
The move has been publicly criticized by several federations, including Australia and New Zealand, who are concerned that athletes who have to undergo doping control could be at the pool as late as 2AM – which risks throwing off natural sleep cycles.
FINA is still trying to work with Olympic organizers, according to the post, on the timing of open water swimming, however. The Rio 2016 organizers want to hold the open water event concurrently with pool swimming to open the games, but FINA is concerned about the growing list of athletes who compete in both the pool and open water – including Dutch swimmer Sharon von Rouwendaal, who this summer won three medals in open water and one in the pool at the European Championships.