Taipei builds wrong pool for Deaflympics

TAIPEI - Taipei city officials were blasted on Sunday for building the wrong swimming pool for the coming Deaflympics as the pool has only eight lanes instead of the 10 lanes required.

TAIPEI - Taipei city officials were blasted on Sunday for building the wrong swimming pool for the coming Deaflympics as the pool has only eight lanes instead of the 10 lanes required.

Deaflympics is the world games for the deaf. Some 4000 deaf athletes from 81 countries will take part in the 21st Summer Deaflympics to be held in Taipei from September 5 to 15.

"Taipei won the bid to host the Deaflympics in 2003 and had six years to prepare, but still made this mistake. Because of the mistake, the swimming and polo events will be moved to a swimming pool in Hsinchu, 100km south of Taipei," Chuang Jui-hsiung, a Taipei city councillor, said on cable TV channel TVBS.

"How could this mistake have happened? How can you waste people's money like this?" he asked.

Yuan Shou-fang, an official from the Taipei city government's sports department, said construction of the swimming pool was delayed. When it was time to build the swimming pool, they found the space left in the main sports complex allowed only an eight-lane swimming pool.

"But this swimming pool has diving boards, so that is something new for Taipei," he said while inspecting the pool with Chuang.

Chuang called Yuan's answer "stupid" because diving is not included in the Deaflympics.

Deaflympics, previously called World Games for the Deaf, is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and held by the CISS, the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf.

The games are held every four years. - Sapa-DPA

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