Swimsuit rules ‘sexist’: Swedish swimmer

Swimmer Therese Alshammar has slammed as 'sexist' new rules preventing swimmers from wearing two swimsuits, which led to the Swede being stripped of a new world record on Tuesday.

Swimsuit rules 'sexist': Swedish swimmer

Alshammar set a world record of 25.44 in the 50 metre butterfly at the Australian Swimming Championships, shaving 0.02 seconds off her existing world mark, but was disqualified for wearing two swimming suits.

The Swede said she was trying to preserve her modesty in the hi-tech suits, which are skin tight and can become see-through.

She slammed Swimming Australia laws introduced late last year, which allow female swimmers to wear bikini bottoms or briefs under their suits but not an entire costume.

“I thought a modesty suit would be a modesty suit,” Alshammar told Channel 10 television. “I would almost claim that’s a bit sexist saying that the men can cover their private parts up with briefs and women can only also wear briefs.

“I would totally, even though I’m Swedish, understand that a modesty suit would be to cover your modest parts. I guess you can’t even wear a modesty suit any more.”

The 31-year-old was competing at the Australian meet as a training foreigner as she prepares for her bid to secure a spot on the Swedish team for the world titles in Rome next July.

The sport’s world governing body FINA has also introduced rules similar to those adopted in Australia.


Malmö: Swimmers warned to stay out of water due to dangeous algae

Residents and visitors to Malmö have been warned to avoid swimming at all beaches and bathing spots along the southern city's coastline due to dangerous algae bloom in the water.

Malmö: Swimmers warned to stay out of water due to dangeous algae
The bathing pier at Sundspromenaden, one of Malmö's affected beaches. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

Editor's note: On Thursday, July 25th, city authorities said it was once again safe to swim. Bathers are advised to look for signs and flags by swimming spots in case the situation changes.

The city council took to social media to ask people to avoid swimming “until further notice”, while signs have been put up and black flags raised at the sites themselves.

This is after regular tests showed there was algal bloom in the water, which can produce toxins that are dangerous to people and animals, sometimes leading to rashes and stomach flu-like symptoms.

While the warm weather encourages many people to go for a dip outdoors, these weather conditions can also lead to overgrowth of algae.

Some of the affected swimming spots include Klagshamnsstranden, Ribersborgsstranden, Scaniabadet and Sundspromenaden in the Västra Hamnen area, Sibbarps saltsjöbad, and Sibbarpsstranden.

As for when it will be safe to swim again, it could be at least another day or two, but it's possible the beaches will be safe for bathers by the weekend.

Marie Persson from Malmö City's environmental department told Sydsvenskan: “We usually don't have this for more than a couple of days, then the wind blows it to other places. Now the weather is supposed to stay steady with calm winds, but I have no idea of ​​the currents. Hopefully it will be no more than a few days.”