The track area in Malé is unsuitable and unsafe for swimming, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has warned.
EPA Assistant Director Ibrahim Naeem told newspaper Haveeru yesterday that analysis of the seawater has revealed the presence of bacteria, waste, and oil.
Swimming in the track could cause skin diseases and infections, he warned, adding that the EPA has asked the relevant authorities to close the area for swimming.
He noted that school children also used the track, which is the only area in the capital available for swimming by the public apart from the artificial beach.
The Swimming Association of Maldives has warned individuals against using the pubic swimming track in Male’ for spear-fishing.
In a statement released today, the association stated that it had received complaints that members of the public have been using the area for spear fishing and other related activities. It argued that activities such as these had resulted in some people in the area swimming around with sharp metal rods and other dangerous objects.
“As this concerns the safety of many leisure swimmers who use the track during night and day, as a precautionary action, we call on all those who use the area to be more responsible and to refrain from such activities,” the Swimming Association of the Maldives stated.
In addition to the general public, the swimming track is often used for training courses by the Swimming Association of the Maldives, and other private clubs and societies.