Dangerous FINA rules on water temperature
OPEN WATER SAFETY REGULATIONS
4.7 Water Temperature
(a) The water temperature shall be measured 2 hours before the start of the race and must be a minimum of 16°C and a maximum of 31°C. *
The water temperature shall be certified by the FINA Safety Delegate and the HMF/OC Safety Officer as measured in the middle of the course, at a depth of 40 centimeters.
(b) The water temperature shall be monitored as provided above at one-hour intervals during the race. If the water temperature drops below 16'C or exceeds 31'C at anyone of the measuring intervals, the water temperature shall be measured again in 30 minutes and if that measurement is also below 16'C or exceeds 31'C, the race must be stopped.
* The minimum and the maximum temperatures are under a study by the specialized University of Otago (NZL) as requested by FINA, IOC and ITU; when the results of this study are available, this Regulation will be amended accordingly.
They measure the temp 2 hours before the start and it's 31°C
That's within the allowed range so the race goes on.
No more measurements are done till 1 hour in the race. Sun keeps blazing and in 3 hours time it's now 36°C
O boy it's to high lets wait another 30 minutes ( meanwhile the temp rises another 1-2 degrees).
Oké we stop the race the temp is to high.
Meanwhile the swimmers have been swimming in too high temperatures for 1h 30m
The starting temp of 31°C is allready to high to begin with and the times between the measurements are too long apart.
Does anyone find a fault in my hypotheses?
Does anyone know something about the specialized University of Otago (NZL)
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