RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A prominent sailing and environmental organization has turned down a government contract to help clean up the area in Rio de Janeiro's blighted Guanabara Bay where Brazil's 2016 Olympic sailing competitions are to be held.
A statement from state Environment Secretary Andre Correa says he "laments" the decision earlier this week by the Instituto Rumo Nautico not to participate in the cleanup project.
Under the terms of the project, the state government would have given the NGO $6.3 million to help remove garbage from the competition areas. Normally a bidding process is required for such contracts, but this deal would have dispensed of that.
A statement on the site of the NGO's founder says accepting such a contract presented "institutional risks."