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Swimming News: Diarrhea-Causing Bacteria Outbreak Puts Adam Peaty, Anna Hopkin’s Paris Olympics Trials on Hold

Published 04/01/2024, 11:41 PM EDT

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Olympic hopefuls Adam Peaty, Kathleen Dawson, James Guy, Anna Hopkin, and many British swimmers were gearing up for the 2024 British Swimming Championships, as it will serve as the qualifying event for the Paris Olympics 2024. But now, a diarrhea-causing bacteria outbreak put the Olympic Trials on hold.

While the cause of diarrhea has not been investigated yet, London’s Olympic Park and local authorities are looking into solving the issue at the earliest. The event was scheduled to be held at the London Aquatics Centre from 2-7 April.

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Taking to its official X handle, State Of Swimming shared the announcement regarding the upcoming Paris Olympic trials. The post caption reads, “British Swimming to hold an emergency meeting in London this afternoon to decide whether to cancel Olympic trials due to get underway tomorrow after an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis. ‘White Rabbit’ crisis talks to consider options.”

As the post mentions, after the meeting, it will be decided whether the Olympic trials will take place in London or it will be rescheduled to another venue. This news shocked the swimmers and coaches.

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Cancellation of Britain’s Olympic Swim Trials will become only an option if crisis management is shown to be unachievable at such short notice and fast sterilization procedures prove ineffective. This might disrupt all coaching and swimmers’ preparations.

A spokesperson for the swimming authority also shared his views regarding this unpredictable situation that occurred in the wake of an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis. He stated “You might say we’ve been taken short. To move the trials to another venue, such as Ponds Forge in Sheffield, would be unworkable at such short notice.”

Apart from that spokesperson also expressed his concern regarding the revenue He disclosed that if they hire space like Bath, Stirling, and Loughborough, this will become quite an expensive process. As there would be no fans, families, and crowds and no revenue to support the enormous expenses associated with organizing such events. However, this unpredictable outbreak upset the Olympic hopefuls.

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The outbreak of cryptosporidiosis upsets Olympic hopefuls

Olympic gold medallists Adam Peaty, Anna Hopkin, Duncan Scott, James Guy, Tom Dean, and Kathleen Dawson are among the athletes vying for a maximum of 30 spots on Great Britain’s Olympic roster. With this selection, they can actualize their Paris Olympic aspirations. However, this unforeseeable outbreak left the British decorated swimmers shocked as they were looking for their nomination for the Paris Olympics team.

The top finisher along with the second finisher in each final will get a nomination for the British team.  The National Olympic Committee (NOC) holds the only right to choose who will represent their nation at the Olympic Games. Athletes must be chosen by the NOC to represent their delegation in Paris in 2024 to compete in the Olympics.

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However, the diarrhea-causing bacteria outbreak put the  Olympic hopefuls in a tragic situation, as they are looking to chase their Paris Olympics dreams.

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Shivangi Agrawal

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Shivangi Agrawal is an Olympic Sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in NCAA wrestling and swimming. She stepped into ES with 7 years of journalistic experience, having worked with prominent media entities like Network 18, where she worked as a Senior Copy Editor. With her coverage of icons like Kayla Miracle and A.
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