BUDAPEST: US inventive swimmer Anita Alvarez, who was dramatically rescued from the underside of the pool after fainting in her solo routine, was omitted from the crew occasion on Friday on the request of governing physique FINA.
“That was a call FINA had made,” stated Selina Shah, US inventive swimming´s crew physician.
“For my part she may have competed, I’m very assured,” Shah stated.
FINA stated it had organised a medical examination on Friday morning that included three representatives of its medical committee, its government director, Dr. Shah and US crew officers.
“Following these discussions, FINA decided that Anita Alvarez shouldn’t compete in the present day,” FINA stated in an announcement.
“The well being and security of athletes should at all times come first. Whereas FINA understands why this choice may have been disappointing to the athlete, it was a call that was made together with her finest pursuits in thoughts.
The governing physique stated it was “delighted” that Alvarez had made “such a powerful restoration” and seemed ahead to seeing her in competitors once more quickly.
Shah stated she didn’t know the way FINA had reached its conclusion that Alvarez shouldn’t compete.
“I´m not conscious of their choice making course of.”
Alvarez fainted and dropped to the underside on the finish of her particular person routine on Wednesday and was saved by her quick-thinking coach, Andrea Fuentes.
– ´An excellent athlete´ –
Alvarez had been entered within the crew occasion on Friday and was on each official startlist till simply earlier than the occasion was scheduled to start when she was changed on the eight-woman crew by Yujin Chang.
Standing within the warm-up space earlier than the occasion, because the US swimmers made their last preparations behind her, Shah stated she was positive Alvarez can be cheering the crew on.
“I believe she could be very excited for the crew to compete and he or she´s an incredible athlete and he or she´s going to be there supporting them.”
The US crew completed ninth out of 12 in an occasion gained by China.
On Wednesday, AFP´s underwater robotic digital camera captured astonishing photographs as Alvarez sank and her coach, Andrea Fuentes, dived to the underside of the pool and dragged the swimmer to the floor.
“I believe she was at the least two minutes with out respiratory as a result of her lungs have been filled with water,” stated Fuentes, a four-time Olympic inventive swimming medallist, including that the swimmer´s coronary heart was beating.
The USA inventive crew launched an announcement on Thursday saying Alvarez had fainted on account of her effort through the routine.
“This occurred to her as soon as final 12 months on the Olympic Qualification Event when competing her duet,” an US spokeswoman added.
On Friday, Shah stated the medical doctors have been nonetheless trying to find a definitive rationalization.
“We’re going to look into what occurred and do some extra intensive programmes with consultants and make one other willpower as to an precise trigger,” Shah stated.