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Australian sailors wary of Rio debris as much as pollution

Australian sailing team in Rio Olympic test event concerned as much about debris as pollution

Australian sailors wary of Rio debris as much as pollution

A 35-person team of Australian sailors, coaches and support crew begin competing in test events this week for next year's Summer Olympics on pollution-plagued Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, concerned as much about the floating debris that could affect the results of racing as the "horrible" sewage-filled water.

Peter Conde, performance director of Australian Sailing, will be the Australian Olympic Committee's team leader for sailing next year in Rio. He and about 15 sailors, plus coaches and support staff have been in Brazil for two weeks preparing for the test events.

Conde told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that three members of the delegation -- a competitor, coach and support person -- had become ill in the lead-up to the racing, all with 24-hour stomach upsets.


Updated : 2021-09-21 02:11 GMT+08:00