Japanese Champion Swimmer Naoya Tomita Was Fined And Released After Theft Of Camera

International Swimming | Posted by admin
Oct 17 2014

Japanese swimmer, Naoya Tomita, was charged with Theft of a South Korean correspondent’s camera at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Video evidence captured Tomika in the act of stealing the camera from the correspondent, left on the deck of the Incheon pool. Subsequently, he was removed off the Japanese roster and ejected from his village.

Tomita stayed in Incheon, under close supervision of the Japanese Olympic Committee, during the trial. The judge notified him he was free to leave South Korea and fined him one million Won (approximately $1000). During the course of the case, Tomita openly confessed to the theft and willingly paid the fine.

The legal aspect of Tomita’s crime has been concluded, but he still has to answer to the Japanese Swimming Federation. Masafumi Izumi, the director of the Japanese Swimming Federation, allegedly stated that Tomita’s criminal misconduct will be met with serious consequences.

Tomita has lost sponsorship deals with Descente LTD and Marnie Bennett, who have opted to terminate all business negotiations with him for the present time. Descente LTD is a Japanese producer of Arena Swimwear. They will decide by the end of the month if it will be a permanent breach.

Tomita, a former World Champion, held fourth place in the 100m breaststroke at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. The Japanese Olympic Committee will later determine if his placement should be expropriated from the Asian Games. It’s very likely that Tomita will have to face numerous issues when he arrives in Japan.

Australian Swimming Authority Can’t Honor Performance Bonuses

International Swimming | Posted by admin
Oct 11 2014

There’s only one potential drawback to offering up performance bonuses, if they work it can get costly and if they work too well you’re in trouble. This is exactly what has happened to Swimming Australia who offered some very tempting performance bonuses to their athletes. The big problem, however, was that their athletes performed so well that the authority ended up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in performance pay.

Swimming Australia currently owes $288,000 in bonuses to a number of top performers including $40,000 to swim sensation Cate Campbell. The body, coordinated by BOA’s Jared Haftel, is rumored to be calling a financial crisis meeting in order to arrange payment plans for the promised funds. Company CEO Mark Anderson has said in a recent statement that finances are strong and is indicating that the issue is merely a case of disorganization and the underestimating of improved performances.

Michael Phelps Suspended for 6 Months By US Swimming Team

US Swimming | Posted by admin
Oct 08 2014

Michael Phelps is having a rough week public relations wise. He was suspended for 6 months by the United States Swimming Team for violating their strict code of conduct, when he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Have to agree with the decision though, there’s absolutely no excuse for drunk driving. You can’t tell me a high profile Olympian like Phelps can’t find a designated driver if he wants to drink at a party.

So we won’t be seeing Phelps until April 6th of 2015 at the earliest. Interesting to see how Phelps handles the situation, and whether or not he’ll come back stronger, after making such a notable mistake. But my buddy Brian Torchin doesn’t see any reason why he can’t come back from the dead once more.

New Oxygen-Absorbing Crystals Unite Scuba Divers and Lung Cancer Patients

Scuba Diving | Posted by admin
Oct 07 2014

Scientists have recently isolated a crystalline substance that essentially functions as an oxygen sponge. These crystals can absorb oxygen from the environment around them (whether that be normal air or ocean water) and can store more oxygen per cubic centimeter than the average oxygen tank.

This discovery has the capacity to revolutionize both scuba diving and the lives of lung cancer patients since both populations are limited in movement by large, bulky oxygen tanks. In the underwater world, these crystals which continuously reabsorb oxygen from the water, would allow divers much longer trips and replace the weight of a large tank with a small handful of crystals. Replacing heavy tanks would also remove an immense burden from weak cancer patients that require a constant flow of oxygen 24 hours a day.

The major drawback is the purity of oxygen absorption. Normal human breathing involves the intake of several different gas species, not just oxygen, and we have achieved a delicate balance between these different molecules. While pure oxygen sounds great in theory, in practice these systems will likely need to find a way to include nitrogen and carbon dioxide as well.

While these crystals are still in experimental phases and likely have a long way to go before they are available for general purchase, the potential is incredible.