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2012 / NO.2
2012 / NO.2
Renovation of the equipment at the “Aquatic Center of the Macao Olympic Sports Center”

For years, the Macao Sport Development Board has maintained its philosophy of putting people first and serving the public, thereby implementing the dual notion of implementing Sport for All and sports competitions at the same time. In recent years, the Board has, on one hand, continuously looked for usable space to expand its sports facilities and worked hard to maintain and renovate the existing infrastructures and sport equipment on the other. All this was done with the aim of providing a better sports environment for local residents and Macao sport teams.

Aquatic Center of the Macao Olympic Sports Center was completed in March of 2003. It not only serves as a training base and venue for water sports such as swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo events, but also a place where the public can exercise. To guarantee better facilities and services, the Macao Sport Development Board has renovated part of the equipment in the Aquatic Center including the ozone disinfection system and the springboards at the swimming pool.

The Aquatic Center of the Macao Olympic Sports Center was the first venue in Macao to utilize an ozone disinfection system to disinfect the water. The system kills germs efficiently and reduces skin irritation compared to the traditional disinfection method. It also greatly cuts downs the free residual chlorine content in the water.

In addition to this, and so as to keep up with the new regulations set by FINA and enhance the training effectiveness of the Macao diving team, the Macao Sport Development Board replaced the existing springboards (the one-meter springboard and the three-meter springboard) with the latest models that were approved by FINA and which are mandated for international events. The new springboards are made of more advanced materials, which improves their bounce and take-off reaction points. Athletes were able to familiarize themselves with the new equipment, which in turn brought their skills up to the standards requires for participation in major competitions.

The Macao Sport Development Board will, in the second half of this year, and in accordance with the new competition rules determined by FINA, gradually renovate a series of athletic systems including the timing and scoring devices at the venue. The newly equipped Aquatic Centre is expected to provide a better quality sport and competition venue to the general public and to local sports teams.