A bid by Dubai, UAE to host a stop on the 2015 FINA Open Water World Cup circuit might draw a boycott from American athletes, according to 2012 U.S. Olympian Alex Meyer. Meyer, along with many in the United States’ open water community, are fuming with the news that the country that hosted a race in 2010 that resulted in the death of America’s best, at the time, open water swimmer Fran Crippen, might have a chance to host a race again in 2015.
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In an extensive interview with ESPN’s Bonnie Ford on Thursday morning, Meyer says that he feels that any race in the UAE would not be safe, regardless of the preparations taken. USA Swimming Executive Chuck Wielgus backed Meyer’s criticisms, saying that in 2013, FINA told him USA Swimming to ‘go pound sand’ when they presented their concerns.
Dubai has not been formally awarded hosting duties, which will be one topic of conversation expected at the 2014 FINA Extraordinary Congress later this year in Doha.
While it remains to be seen how much sway and influence the opinions of USA Swimming and its athletes will have with FINA in making this decision, a threatened boycott will receive a small increase in attention after American participation in the 10KM World Cup series has increased this year.
The next stop of this year’s series will be held in Chun’an China on Sunday, October 12th.