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The reason why lifeguards are required at Olympic swimming events

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At every Olympics there are usually some strange occurances, things that make you wonder why they are present at the prestigious sporting spectacle.

Rio 2016 is only a few days old, but the Brazilian games has produced one of these occurances at one of the swimming events that has taken place so far.

Twitter quickly picked up on a bored looking lifeguard present on the sidelines and suddenly the picture was all across the social media platform with many users adding a humorous touch to the presence of such an unnecessary figure.

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Surely the organisers surrounding the game are aware that the supremely skilled athletes in the water do not require assistance?

Health and safety truly has gone mad. Maybe the thought is that the swimmers could suffer a medical complication in the pool, but Twitter certainly did not see it this way:

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The Independent have revealed the real reason behind the bizarre inclusion of lifeguards, stating that it is Brazilian law for one to be present at all times at a pool over a certain size.

The pools in Rio conform to the size required for such safety assistance and as such, Olympians like the great Michael Phelps will be marshalled by men with buoyancy aids.

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It is a laughable situation, but if the law states it then it must be obeyed. You feel certain that the world's most unnecessary lifeguards will not be called upon, but stranger things have happened in the world of sport.

I wonder how the guards would do in the competition themselves? Food for thought.

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Topics:
Athletics
Commonwealth Games
Usain Bolt
Olympics
Mo Farah

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