Blog: Swimming into controversy
Leonie Barrie | 13 June 2008
I wonder if the swimming competitions at this year’s Olympics will be half as entertaining as the contest to come up with new swimwear designs to beat Speedo’s LZR Racer?
First there was the debate over whether technology has too much influence over the sport after a spate of records were broken by swimmers in the LZR. Then last month American manufacturer TYR Sport sued Speedo for stifling competition. And most recently, Japanese swimmers have been given the go-ahead to wear the LZR Racer at the Olympics, heaping embarrasment on three Japanese swimwear makers – Asics Corp, Descente Ltd and Mizuno Corp – who had contracts to equip the national team.
Swimwear makers still have until 30 June for new suits to be approved before the Beijing Games in August. But it seems increasingly likely that Speedo is already the out-and-out winner in this particular race.
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