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VS'is an anticipated dive. Nine days earlier than the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, Anne Hidalgo is anticipated to swim within the Seine on the morning of Wednesday, July 17, based on the invitation despatched this Tuesday, July 9 by the companion open water swimming competitors.

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After a number of postponements, the mayor of Paris “is offering swimmers licensed in one of the sports federations that include open water swimming to join her on Wednesday, July 17, from 8:45 a.m., to swim alongside her in the Marie arm”, between the Saint-Paul district and the Île Saint-Louis, introduced the Open Swim Stars in an electronic mail to these registered, despatched to AFP.

However, the group warns that the occasion “could be postponed again if the thresholds for swimming are exceeded again.” Contacted by AFP, the mayor's entourage didn’t need to affirm the knowledge instantly. At the tip of June, she had introduced that she would swim the week of July 15, after the Olympic flame handed via the capital on the 14th and fifteenth.

The move of the Seine is abnormally excessive

The authentic date was June 23, however the unhealthy climate in June, synonymous with bacteriological air pollution and excessive move of the river, in addition to the dissolution of the National Assembly, led it to postpone this symbolic second till after the legislative elections. The sanitary state of the Seine improved on the finish of June to change into compliant with bathing requirements on sure days, 4 weeks earlier than the Olympic occasions deliberate within the river.

The second of reality is approaching for the organizers of the Games: after the opening ceremony on July 26, the Seine should host the triathlon occasions (July 30 and 31, August 5), swimming-marathon (August 8 and 9) and paratriathlon (August 1er and September 2).

In the occasion of heavy rainfall, untreated water – a combination of rain and wastewater – may be discharged into the river, a phenomenon that retention constructions inaugurated earlier than the Games are designed to stop. The move of the Seine additionally stays abnormally excessive for the season: on Tuesday noon, it was nonetheless near 500 m3/second, whereas it’s normally between 100 and 150 m3/s in the summertime.

During a gathering with journalists on Tuesday, regional prefect Marc Guillaume, who’s main the plan with the city corridor to make the river swimmable, estimated that the laws allowed for “roughly up to 450 m3/s” to permit the exams to be held. On the bacteriological degree, “with 450 m3/s today, we are up to standard” which “shows that the plan was well designed and implemented”, he stated fortunately.