08.14.20 – 08.21.20
Olympic News from Rio de Janeiro BRA - first reactions by ISAF concerning the water quality
It took two months of reflexions (?) for the International Sailing Federation ISAF after the news that the Rio Administration stopped the water cleaning activities due to financial problems to come up with a statement. Unless there are immediate and efficient actions to solve the water quality problem sufficiently, ISAF will relocate the race area on the open sea outside the Guanabara Bay. However, the boats would have to cross the poisoned bay every day and the water quality on the open sea is not beyond concerns either. To be noted, that every year, swimming is prohibited for several months at Copacabana Beach because of the dangerous water quality. Wind and waves on the open sea would be more challenging, especially for the 49er skiffs and the Nacra-17. For months, Lars Grael BRA double Olympic medalist, has been proposing that Olympic sailing would be moved to Buzios, the dream venue of Brazil 150 km North of Rio, away from any city.
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