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Is the Seine River Prepared for the 2024 Olympics? U.S. Swimmer Criticizes Organizers as ‘Irresponsible’ for Contaminated Water

Concerns Over Seine River Cleanliness for 2024 Paris Olympics Swimmers

As the 2024 Paris Olympics approach, the decision to host swimming events in the Seine River has sparked controversy and concern among U.S. swimmers. Since 1923, the river has been off-limits for swimming due to its polluted and unhealthy water. However, Olympic organizers are determined to revive the iconic waterway as a competition venue.

One U.S. athlete, Ivan Puskovitch, who secured a spot on the Olympics team for a long-distance open water race, is raising significant doubts about the cleanliness of the Seine River. Test results in late June revealed high levels of fecal bacteria, including 10 times the acceptable amount of E. coli, prompting concerns over the safety of the water.

Puskovitch expressed disappointment in the lack of action from the organizers, stating, “It’s pretty disappointing that the Olympic organizers have really not locked in cleaning this venue up as far in advance as they should have.” He emphasized the need for a backup plan in case the river fails to meet health standards in time for the events.

With the Olympics set to kick off on July 26, there is still time for the organizers to clean up the river and ensure its readiness for the swimming competitions. The men’s and women’s triathlon events are scheduled for July 30 and July 31, respectively, with the 10km races following in early August.

As of July 3, there has been no official announcement regarding any potential delays or relocation of the events. The question remains: Will the Seine River be ready for the Olympics, or will athletes have to seek alternative venues for their competitions? Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.

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