Michael Phelps criticizes Olympics for adding new swimming events – Business Insider
Michael Phelps gives strange criticism over Olympics adding 3 new swimming events by:Scott Davis
Last week, the IOC announced the addition of several new events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, aimed at gender equality.Swimming added three new events — women’s 1500-meter freestyle, men’s 800-meter freestyle, and a 4×100-meter mixed gender relay. The addition of the events should be welcomed news for swimmers like Katie Ledecky who now have a shot at more medals.However, Michael Phelps is apparently not a fan of the expanded slate. In an interview with NBC’s Nick Zaccardi, Phelps criticized the addition of the events, though it’s unclear what his actual problem with them is because he said he wouldn’t elaborate.”What else are we going to add? Are we going to do, like, 75-meter frees? How many other events are we going to add? It’s just like what we had in 2009, after world championships, having those high-tech suits [that were banned in 2010]. It’s not swimming anymore. We’ve had this event schedule for so long, and now we’re just going to pick and choose what events we want? I could go into more detail, but I’m really not going to. It’s a touchy subject. I hope swimming takes the turn for the right direction, and we continue to grow. READ MORE….