World Sailing undertake penultimate official visit ahead of
the Rio 2016 Games
Our Olympic Athletes will have to!
And then there is the Zita virus.
World Sailing is
satisfied with the progress being made by Rio 2016 and the Brazilian
authorities in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Sailing
Competition following an official visit from 7-10 March 2016.
Chief Executive Officer Andy Hunt, Rio 2016 Sailing Technical Delegates
Alastair Fox and Scott Perry, Chairman of the Events Committee Pablo
Masseroni and Medical Commission representative Dr. Nebojša Nikolic met with
the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, the City, the State, the State Environment
Institute (INEA) and the State Company of Water and Sewage (CEDAE) over the
four day period.
The health and safety of sailors competing at Rio 2016 is paramount and World
Sailing remain focused on delivering an excellent Olympic Sailing Competition
on a safe and fair field of play.
World Sailing can report that the redevelopment of Marina da Gloria by BR
Marinas is entering the final stages of completion and is on-track to be
delivered in early April with many of the marina buildings currently being
fitted-out for occupation.
The sewer pipe belt which will prevent sewage entering Marina da Gloria is
expected to be completed at the end of March. World Sailing visited the pipe
belt works which are largely completed with systems to be tested in April and
water testing within Marina da Gloria commencing in early May to monitor
changes in the water quality.
In October 2015, World Sailing appointed International Race Official Pedro
Rodrigues to work with the Rio 2016 Sustainability Manager, INEA and the
World Sailing Race Management Team during the Olympic Games to ensure that
the racing areas are free of debris. Operational and contingency plans for
ecoboats to remove obstructions in the water and on the field of play were
reviewed and adequate procedures are in place.
Further proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of the athletes
include the installation of eighteen ecobarriers on rivers running into
Guanabara Bay. Nine of the barriers are currently in operation with a further
nine to be installed by May.
Dr Nebojša Nikolic said, "I am satisfied with the planning work that is
being done ahead of the Games to ensure that the welfare of sailors remains
the top priority and that appropriate water testing and protocols are in
place to inform decision making at the Games. We will continue to monitor
water testing data closely and to educate sailors and officials on what they
can do themselves to reduce health risks ahead of the Games.”
Seven racing areas and three reserve days for each of the ten sailing events
provides World Sailing with great flexibility. Contingency plans for all
scenarios from water quality to wind conditions are in place and World
Sailing remains confident in delivering a memorable and successful Olympic
World Sailing will continue to monitor the programme of works closely and
will review water-testing data and remain in contact with all the relevant
authorities on a regular basis.
World Sailing officials will return in May to see the direct impact on the
quality of water within Marina da Gloria.
By Daniel Smith - World
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