Pan Pac organizers postpone open water races

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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 9:14 am

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Organizers of the Pan Pacific swimming championships have postponed the open water races due to concerns over the water quality and rescheduled to Aug. 31 in Maui.

The 10-kilometer events were due to be held Monday, but three days of strong winds and heavy rain caused increased pollution in the waterways and lakes on the Gold Coast.

Swimming Australia chief executive Mark Anderson says the wind and rain forced organizers to look at alternatives to the Marine Stadium venue but testing showed conditions "were not consistent with the water quality levels required to stage a major international open water competition."

He says, "We are sincerely apologetic but we were unfortunately left with no alternative but to make the call to cancel."

Events in the pool concluded Sunday.

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