The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to an Associated Press report this morning.
Peter Sowrey tried to change the venue, or at least have a "B plan" but says "I was told to gag myself on the subject."
Sowrey proposed moving the event to Buzios, a coastal resort about 160 kilometres (100 miles) from Rio that has been host to large sailing events. Of course, it's too late now for that change.
"The board felt I was way too aggressive," Sowrey said. "They basically voted me out. I didn't resign. The board finally told me to leave."
Sowrey said looking at Guanabara Bay on "fact-based, data-driven models we would never consider sailing in that quality of water."
The Associated Press has much more on the story here