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Mounting concern about pollution in Guanabara Bay, Rio, Host to 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition

ISAF and IOC Discuss Rio Water Conditions

On Friday 6 March ISAF President Carlo Croce and ISAF Vice-President Scott Perry visited the International Olympic Committee (IOC) where they met with IOC President Thomas Bach and members of the IOC staff to discuss the shared concern about pollution in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition is due to be held.

The concern of both the IOC and ISAF centres mainly on the physical objects in the water that can affect the outcome of competition and the contamination of the water that can affect the health of the competitors.

Both the IOC and ISAF are determined that no effort should be spared in addressing both these problems. Representatives of ISAF will be in Rio during the week of 9 March to determine what steps are being taken by the relevant Brazilian authorities to deal with this urgent matter.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition will take place at the Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will feature 380 athletes competing across ten events.

Rio de Janeiro’s government has turned to a high-technology Dutch institute to help it try to better collect floating garbage in Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue for the 2016 Olympic Games, as officials face severe criticism over the polluted waters.

While officials hope the effort will help them avoid embarrassing incidents during the games, like boats crashing into floating debris, it does not combat the more pressing problem of extreme sewage pollution in the waters.

Racing is scheduled to take place from 8-18 August 2016 and the competition format for all events is fleet racing.

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