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Wed Jan 27, 2016, 06:35 PM

Outcry as World Sailing CEO, who would have overseen sailing at Rio Olympics this year, is sacked.

The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Peter Sowrey tried to change the venue, or at least have a “Plan B” but says “I was told to gag myself on the subject.”

Andy Hunt took over just two weeks ago as the new CEO, and sailing is still scheduled to begin in August in the sewage-filled bay. In interviews with The Associated Press, Sowrey and Hunt said the bay — overlooked by the famous Christ the Redeemer monument and Sugarloaf Mountain behind it — may give sailing the kind of television coverage it seldom enjoys.

It could also bring unwanted attention if sailors fall ill, or if floating rubbish (including plastic bags, door frames, and animal carcasses) fouls rudders and costs someone an Olympic gold medal.

Sowrey proposed moving the event to Buzios, a coastal resort city about 160 km (100 miles) south of Rio that has been host to several large sailing events. Officials have said 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 model we would never consider sailing in that quality of water.” Independent testing of Guanabara Bay conducted by the AP over the last year shows disease-causing viruses linked to human sewage at levels thousands of times above what would be considered actionable in the U.S. or Europe. The tests include the venue for sailing, but also Rio’s Olympic venues for rowing, canoeing, open-water swimming and triathlon.

About 1,600 athletes will compete in these venues during the Olympics, which open August 5, and hundreds more during the subsequent Paralympics.

At: http://buenosairesherald.com/article/207557/outcry-as-rio-sailing-chief-sacked

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DinahMoeHum Jan 2016 #1

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Wed Jan 27, 2016, 07:36 PM

1. As if that weren't enough, there is now a risk of the Zika virus

spreading throughout Latin America and beyond. . .thanks to the 2016 Olympics.


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