Monday, May 19, 2014

Rio's Guanabara Bay: Site of othe 2016 Olympic Sailing and Windsurfing Events

Note to Olympic Sailors: Don’t Fall in Rio’s Water. (The New York Times, 5/18/2014)

What a dump!  Guanabara Bay, nestled between Sugarloaf Mountain and other granite peaks, offers the kind of a postcard image Rio’s authorities want to celebrate as hosts of the 2016 Summer Olympics. But it has become a focal point of complaints, turning Rio’s polluted waters into a symbol of frustrations with the troubled preparations for the Olympics.

“Welcome to the dump that is Rio,” Germany’s sailing team said in one typically blunt assessment of the site for the Olympic regatta.

Brazilians training here agree.

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