RIO DE JANEIRO — The world governing body of sailing is threating to move events for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics out of the city’s polluted Guanabara Bay unless “a whole lot more is done very quickly” to clear the venue of floating debris and sewage.
Alastair Fox, head of competitions for the governing body ISAF, says “we’ve got quite frustrated with it all.” He says Brazilian “politicians and the government must get going.”
Fox says two sailing courses located just outside the bay in the open Atlantic — and a third being planned there — could be used for all races. Three other courses have been planned inside the bay, but may not be used.
The enclosed bay is heavily polluted and has been described as an “open sewer” by Olympic sailors.