Swimming South Africa has cancelled swimming again on Wednesday, and has elected to move to a timed-finals format for the rest of the meet.
This is the 2nd-straight day of competition that has been called off due to green water, as a second pipe burst has foiled the efforts by the pool’s staff to clear up the murky green water that marred the first day of competition. After insisting on Tuesday afternoon that swimming would happen Wednesday regardless of the condition of the water, officials awoke on Wednesday to learn that a second pipe had burst in the facility, meaning that the pool was worse than ever.
On Tuesday, Swimming South Africa CEO Shaun Adriannse tried to deflect blame from both his organization and the meet’s host.
“Unfortunately things happen – it’s not something you can plan for,” Adriannse told press on Wednesday afternoon. “There is some perception out there that it’s Swimming South Africa’s fault. In fact it’s not even the municipality’s fault. The reality of the matter is that a piece of equipment broke down. They’ve implemented all measures to ensure it’s fixed and they’re still doing all of that but it’s no-one’s fault.”
The updated schedule, which will hopefully resume on Thursday, calls for simply timed finals for the duration of the meet. Swimming South Africa has made no announcement as to whether all of this disruption will cause them to alter their qualifying criteria.
See the photos below from Karien Jonckheere; the first was taken at 10PM on Tuesday, where the condition of the water had improved drastically, and the second was taken Wednesday morning after the second pipe burst.