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Sailing official wants tests for Rio pollution

Sailing official wants independent water testing for Olympic sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro

In this May 15, 2014 photo, a man jumps into the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil will not make good on its commitme...
In this May 15, 2014 photo, untreated sewage creates a dark streak on the sand as it flows into the water of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ...
In this May 15, 2014 photo, trash floats on a polluted water channel that flows into the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In its 2009 Olympic ...
In this May 15, 2014 photo, trash litters a forested area on the shores of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The country will not make good on ...
In this May 15, 2014 photo, kids play in the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Little progress has been made in the clean up...
In this May 15, 2014 photo, trash floats on a polluted water channel that flows into the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With just over two y...

Brazil Dirty Water

In this May 15, 2014 photo, a man jumps into the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil will not make good on its commitme...

Brazil Dirty Water

In this May 15, 2014 photo, untreated sewage creates a dark streak on the sand as it flows into the water of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ...

Brazil Dirty Water

In this May 15, 2014 photo, trash floats on a polluted water channel that flows into the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In its 2009 Olympic ...

Brazil Dirty Water

In this May 15, 2014 photo, trash litters a forested area on the shores of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The country will not make good on ...

Brazil Dirty Water

In this May 15, 2014 photo, kids play in the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Little progress has been made in the clean up...

Brazil Rio Filthy Water

In this May 15, 2014 photo, trash floats on a polluted water channel that flows into the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With just over two y...

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A top official at sailing's governing body says it may conduct independent water-quality tests in Rio de Janeiro's polluted Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue for the 2016 Olympics and the site of Rio's first test event in 2? months.

Any hope the sewage-filled bay would be cleaned up soon was quashed in a document obtained by The Associated Press.

In a May 7 letter to sports minister Aldo Rebelo, Rio's state environment secretary Carlos Francisco Portinho acknowledged in a best-case scenario that pollution flowing into the bay could be cut to "over 50 percent" -- well below the promised reduction of 80 percent.


Updated : 2021-01-23 10:10 GMT+08:00