The unexpected rain in the Gold Coast, Australia this week has continued to cause problems for meet organizers, as this week’s 10km races have been “postponed,” though technically not cancelled.
The race will instead be held in conjunction with the Junior Pan Pac Championships on August 31st in Maui, Hawaii, one week from Sunday.
The water quality at the Marine Stadium in the Southport Spit was deemed to be too high with pollution after heavy, consistent rains all week caused increased levels of run-off.
“The heavy, consistent rain fall that fell on the Gold Coast this week has caused increased pollution in the water ways and lakes,” said Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson
“The wind and rain forced us to look for another venue when Marine Stadium became an issue and when the results came back from tests carried out at our contingency venue at Lake Hugh Muntz they were not consistent with the water quality levels required to stage a major international open water competition.”
The four host nations discussed moving the race to Lake Hugh Muntz, but the water quality there was deemed “borderline safe,” and the hosts decided it wasn’t in the best interest of the athletes’ health and safety.
“For the international teams, athletes and their families it’s a long way to come not to get a swim and we regret this situation occurring.”
“We are sincerely apologetic but we were unfortunately left with no alternative but to make the call to cancel,” Anderson continued.
The logistics of how athletes will get to Hawaii and how the race will be held (simultaneously with the junior swimmers and simply separate podiums, or as a separate event) have not yet been released.