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Rio's Sailing Waters Won't Be Clean For 2016 Olympics

1st April 2015
Rio's Sailing Waters Won't Be Clean For 2016 Olympics

#Rio2016 - Olympic officials have confirmed that Rio's sailing waters will not be fully cleaned up in time for next summer's Games.

According to Reuters, the Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) announced at a press conference last week that only the sailor's lanes in Guanabara Bay would be cleared of floating rubbish and not the whole body of water.

The statement back-pedals on their previous commitment, part of their bid for the 2016 Games, to reduce pollution by 80% in waters described as "absolutely disgusting" by Irish Olympic sailing coach Ian Barker.

BOC head Carlos Guzman declared that the "area of competition for the Olympic Games will be ready... Our obligation is to deliver the area for competing during the Games."

The announcement comes not long after a programme to retrieve flotsam and jetsam from the notoriously polluted waters was halted by city officials.

Rio has announced a "review" of that programme, but it's not yet known whether it will employ technology developed by Dutch researchers to help focus clean-up efforts in the worst affected areas of the bay.

It's also not clear what measures officials will take over the emergence of a new 'super-bacteria' in the city's waters, fed by a number of heavily polluted rivers and raw effluent streams.

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MacDara Conroy

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