Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"Have turned swimmers' bodies into sleek kayaks"

The debate continues.......

"While the scientific committee hired by FINA huddles over the definition of textile, milestones will continue to be ground into dust. The first two days of racing at these world championships have produced the first woman under four minutes in the 400-meter freestyle and the second, third, fourth and fifth men under 59 seconds in the 100 breaststroke.

The ban on polyurethane suits was ratified, as were the guidelines for how much skin the racing suits can cover. When the new rules go into effect, suits will stretch only between the waist and the knees for men and from the shoulders to the knees for women. And yet, there is no firm date for when the reforms will take effect.

Dr. Julio Maglione, the president of FINA, said a scientific committee would be convened to determine what constitutes a “textile” and the process could delay the ban until the spring of 2010 — time enough for dozens more records to fall.

“Well, then, they can probably expect Michael not to swim until then,” Phelps’s coach Bob Bowman said after the loss. “I’m done.”"

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