12 Apr 2010

Thorpedo in town, backs suits but not administration "debacle"

12:34 pm on 12 April 2010

Australia's Superfish Ian Thorpe, in Auckland as a special guest of Swimming New Zealand ahead of the final night of the national championships, has revealed his thoughts on the vexing question of super-quick full-length bodysuits in the sport.

Thorpe set world records with and without the technology - which he backs.

But he's scathing of the sport's handling of the issue, which went from open slather to the current ban.

Several top local swimmers have struggled to reach the qualifying times for October's Commonwealth Games, which were set in the swimsuit era, and Thorpe sympathises with their struggle, which mirrors the farce over many current world records.

The Beijing Olympics saw a huge advance in many swimming times thanks to the slick suits, and Thorpe thinks the manufacturers weren't given clear guidelines to follow.

He calls the situation a "debacle".