Dear Mr. Marculescu,
after the first year with the new OWS world series formula, with reference to the meeting will be held in Cancun the next 19 October I would like to introduce some remarks and suggestions:
1) The 2 news series obtained different results:
– the 10 km races, compared to 2006, increased:
• + 4% the number of participants ( total 2006: 331 – now: 344 )
• + 4 % the number of swimmers ( total 2006: 186 – now: 193 )
• + 8 % the number of female participants ( total 2006: 145 – now: 156 )
• + 11 % the number of female swimmers ( total 2006: 85 – now: 94 )
( dates updated before the last 4 races!!! When the serie will finish there will be an average increase of 20 – 25 % );
– the races over 10 km, compared to 2006, decreased:
• – 29% the number of participants ( total 2006: 182 – now: 130 )
• – 21 % the number of swimmers ( total 2006: 77 – now: 61 )
• – 29% participants by sex: women ( total 2006: 69 – now: 49 )
• – 35% swimmers by sex: women ( total 2006: 32 – now: 21 )
• – 29% participants by sex: men ( total 2006: 113 – now: 81 )
• – 12% swimmers by sex: men ( total 2006: 45 – now: 40 )
• – 25% Federation participants ( total 2006: 87 – now: 66 )
• a lot of important swimmers, always take part at the race on a distance of 10 Km and over 10 km, this year took part at 10 km races only: El Zanaty, Gomez, Kudinov, Maurer, Kamrau-Corestein, Pankina, ect…. )
( dates updated before the last race!!! When the serie will finish there will be an average decrease of 25 – 30% or more);
It means the new formula had a very good benefit to the 10 km races but not the same for the races over 10 km, with all the best swimmers ( especially among the women ) interested at the short races only.
With the prospect FINA should be good for the entire discipline:
an idea to add the benefits for the races over 10 km:
It’s important have 2 different series with two final world champions and they win FINA final money prize but it could be important have a general open water champion too ( with another little FINA money prize for the first 3 swimmers, male and female, only )
At the moment the total is US $ 162.000 ( 81.000 10 km + 81.000 over 10 km ).
FINA could have a total money prize by series: US $ 146.000 ( 73.000 + 73.000 ) and a general money prize of US $ 16.000.
2) A lot of swimmers / National Federations ( especially in the races over 10 km ) didn’t sent to the OC info about their absence at the race. Other swimmers / National Federations sent info about their absence ( a lot of times without an important reason ) few hours before their expected arrival. So the O.C.’s didn’t have the time to call substitutes.
These swimmers / National Federations cause a big damage to the host Federation and to the O.C.s. An image and ecomic damage. Also because they are forced to pay accomodation, escort boat, etc. For the 2007 Capri-Napoli we expected 22/23 swimmers and only 15 swimmers arrived in Naples and took part at the race!!!
I think it’s important to defend the rights of the swimmers but it’s also important to defend the rights of the O.C.s work and are investing in this discipline.
In the 2 cases up reported ( for exemple ) it could be a good thing if the swimmer / National Federation is disqualified for 1 or more races ( or he/she has to pay a fine ). Above all if the swimmer / National Federation will not provide a written proof from a medical professional about his/her absence.
3) National Federations will take part at least at 2 Grand Prix races will have the chance to participate to the FINA World Championships ( 25 km race only ) with 3 swimmers instead than 2.
4) Swimmers never swam a race over 10 km ( FINA Grand Prix ) will not eligible to swim the 25 km race to the FINA World Championships.
I hope FINA will consider these and/or other suggestions and will discuss about it at the meeting in Cancun.
( Capri-Napoli O.C. President )
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