Sweden National Team to Hold Closed Time Trial This Weekend in Stockholm

The Swedish National Training Center will hold a closed time trial event on Friday and Saturday for its top athletes.

Jokingly being referred to as the “Stockholm Closed,” juxtaposed to the “Stockholm Open” meet that was scheduled for April before the coronavirus pandemic led to cancellation of essentially every swim meet on earth over the next 6 weeks.

Unlike most of the world, Sweden has, generally, remained open for business, albeit with some local variations. The government so far has only barred gatherings of over 500 people. Primary schools remain open, borders are only partially closed, and there have been no widespread quarantine orders or shutdowns of public places, though guidelines have been offered to move meetings to digital platforms when possible.

Many swimmers are planning to be in a semi-tapered state for this weekend’s racing, so there should be some fast times on the board. Among the swimmers expected to participate are World Record holder and Olympic gold medalist Sarah SjostromMichelle Coleman, and Cal commit Björn Seeliger.

While the Olympics were officially postponed until 2021 on Tuesday morning by the International Olympic Committee, swimmers are still able to train at the National Training Center because of the country’s relatively less-draconian approach.

Sweden has 2,554 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 62 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 complications.

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Konner Scott

I would like to know the Swedish government’s thought process behind keeping things open…


News like that makes me lose faith in humanity, that seems nothing but selfish.
When are we going to understand there’s a potentially life threatening virus out there and even those without symptoms can carry it towards those more susceptible to the disease?!

Stay home people!! The sooner we all stay home and flatten the curve, the sooner we can go back to our normal lives.


If your country took a different approach that didn’t involve everyone staying indoors would you my hero still stay locked up in your house? By this logic people should feel obligated to stay home all of the time since there is possible a chance you could be spreading the flu which could potentially kill someone.


The Swedish Public Health Agency has refused to make public risk assessments or prediction models for the spread of the virus …

So much for being an open and democratic society … Do not bother informing the citizens about the estimated consequences of the current policy. No wonder there is a strong scepticism towards its politicians over there.


They released models for calculating health care capacity need last week. As a Swede, I have a lot of faith in our government and their way of handling the crisis. And a lot of people are staying home anyway, working from home etc. A poll a couple of days ago showed most people trust the policies and strategies.

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