06 February 2014 15:00

There should be no cause for concern over using the Larnaca-Famagusta nautical club swimming pool as all necessary measures are being taken, Cyprus Sports Organisation (KOA) president Clea Hadjistefanou-Papaellina told The Cyprus Daily on Wednesday.
After confirming the existence of the legionnaires' bacterium in the water tanks of its changing rooms, Papaellina called for calm.
"The swimming pool's water is clear according to microbiological tests and as a precaution further tests are also being carried out the results of which will be ready in a few days.
"All the necessary measures are being taken and the changing rooms have been closed, disinfected and replaced with toilets and showers outside," she added.
The sports chief also said KOA is in close contact with the State Lab and if need be, all additional measures will be taken including closing the swimming pool as a precaution.
KOA has ordered a probe into possible responsibilities or oversights in relation to allowing use of the swimming pool on the Larnaca-Dhekelia road before all checks were completed.
There had been prior warning about the possibility of the existence of the legionnaires' bacterium in the water tanks of the swimming pool's changing rooms.
"With the undertaking of the swimming pool's management, KOA went ahead with taking water samples for tests not only on the basis of the law but also based on further procedures by the organisation.
"Test results showed the existence of the legionnaires' bacterium in the water tanks of the swimming pool's changing rooms," the announcement said.
The organisation's board visited the site and took the required measures including closing and disinfecting the changing rooms.
KOA took over the management of the swimming pool from the nautical club on January 15, and it ascertains that the safety and health of the public is its top priority.
Meanwhile, Larnaca Municipality went ahead with its own tests, results for which are expected in 10 days.
Russian Olympic athletes continue to train at the swimming pool every day. Their agent told Phileleftheros newspaper that the athletes have no complaints and they were quoted as saying "the weather in Cyprus is perfect".
 
 


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