Paris Olympics opening ceremony rehearsal postponed due to strong Seine flow

A rehearsal for the Paris Olympics opening ceremony planned for Monday has been postponed because the river Seine is flowing so fast, city authorities said on Friday.

After several weeks of rainy weather, the Seine is currently flowing at a level five times stronger than its normal summer reading, meaning it would be impossible to “draw the most relevant lessons” from a rehearsal on Monday, the city authorities and the Olympics organisers said.

The rehearsal was to have featured around 90 barges which will be used to transport teams on their parade down the river in the July 26 ceremony.

Paris 2024 will be the first Olympics in history to take the opening ceremony out of its traditional setting of the main Games stadium.

The recent heavy rain in the French capital is also bad news for the ongoing fight to raise the quality of the water in the Seine to levels required to stage the triathlon and open-water swimming events at the Olympics.

The “very rainy weather” had caused “the strong flow of the river, which does not help to produce a good water quality”, Paris town hall said.

The Seine was too dirty when tested on June 16 to allow the Olympic triathlon and open-water swimming events to be held there, the results of an analysis showed Friday.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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