France: The 2004 Olympic 400m freestyle champion Laure Manaudou has announced that she has had her second pregnancy terminated on medical grounds. Having announced that she was expecting her second child when she retired from racing in January, Manaudou today issued an official statement that reads: "I learned that in elite sport there was no way of escaping mishap. That is also true on a personal level. I know that I am not alone: many women have had to endure this ordeal, and I'm lucky enough to already be a mother."
Brazil: Arena and Brazilian former Olympic and current world 50m champion Cesar Cielo have parted company after three years. Cielo was part of Arena's Elite Team when he claimed world 50m and 100m freestyle crowns in 2009 and retained the 50m title at the 20011 world titles, where he added the 50m butterfly gold to his treasury. On the eve of the championships in 2011, Cielo tested positive for a banned substance. He won an appeal and was served a warning after CAS accepted that a supplement he had taken containe dthe substance in question without his knowledge. “During his time with Arena, Cesar was one of our true standard-bearers, and played a prominent role in the testing and launching of the revolutionary Powerskin Carbon-Pro swimsuit in 2012,” said Giuseppe Musciacchio, General Manager, Brand Development. “He was both professional and passionate as an athlete and an ambassador, showing his quality in the pool and his emotions on the podium. This has been a great story of partnership and friendship, through the good and the bad times. Now, we want to wish him all the best for the future. Here at Arena he has a lot of friends who will continue to follow his career with interest.”