Comm Games Bosses defend their decision to keep GC Aquatic Centre open air

Commonwealth Games organisers have defended their decision to not put a roof over the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, despite criticism that the open air arena caused Australia to miss out on a Gold Medal.

Australian swimmer Emily Seebohn struggled to stay in a straight line when racing in the Women’s 100m Backstroke last night, earning a Silver Medal in the process.

She narrowly lost to Canada’s Kylie Masse.


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However, GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie said there was never a plan to build a roof over the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

“After the Games it will go back to being a community pool, and therefore it will be shared by the community and the view by the people who put the bid together was that it was better to not have a roof,” he said.

Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg said the athletes knew well in advance that they would be swimming in an outdoor pool.

“Part of the excitement is being prepared for the conditions that are there,” he said.

“No roof,  that was one of the conditions for these particular Games.”