Erik commented, "We have been sailing in Rio for a few years, training and preparing for the Olympic Games. I feel as though I got the infection from the launching ramp in the Marina da Gloria, as the water quality was the worst there. Compared to the 2014 test event, the water quality inside and outside of Guanabara Bay was a bit better because it had not rained in Rio in the weeks before the test event.
"I hope the improvements promised for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be fulfilled and no athletes will deal with health issues, leaving a legacy for the city of Rio de Janeiro."
The health and welfare of the athletes is a top priority for ISAF, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee (Rio 2016) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Water quality is an important aspect at all Olympic Games and is regularly addressed between ISAF, the IOC and Rio 2016.
ISAF, Rio 2016, the IOC, the Brazilian Government, Rio State Environment Institute (INEA) and State Environment Agency (SEA) are all working together to prepare for Rio 2016, and Brazilian authorities are working to guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure the safety of Marina da Gloria and a fair field of play for the athletes.
Throughout the recent test event, ISAF worked closely with Rio 2016 sustainability and the local government to ensure the racing areas were safe for fair competition.
Measures taken to increase safety include a new pipeline that will divert sewage from Marina da Gloria, ready by November 2015, well in advance of the Olympic Games, which compliments the other proactive measures around the Guanabara Bay, such as closing landfills, reducing industrial pollution and increasing water treatment works.
The Rio organizers' focus has remained on delivering excellent sporting competitions for sailing. While work remains to be done, ISAF, Rio 2016 and all relevant local authorities are confident that the venue will be ready to host 380 sailors during the Olympic Sailing Competition in one year's time.
ISAF continues to support and track all activities related to improving the water conditions in the competition areas. We are working with our partners to ensure fair sailing and that the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition is a fantastic event for athletes, spectators and TV viewers.
HOW TO FOLLOW
Click here to access the Tracking and Competition Status Screen - www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/multimedia/live_tracking.php
Results will be available throughout the Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2015 on the ISAF Olympic website here - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/results/index.php
Follow the event on ISAF's social networks:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ISAFWorldSailing
Instagram - https://instagram.com/isafworldsailing/
Twitter - @ISAFupdates
ISAF Olympic Website - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/home.php
Entry List - http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/ENTRYLISTPERCLASSTEV2015OFICIAL280715-%5B19025%5D.pdf
Racing Schedule - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/about/schedule.php
Sailing Instructions - http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/AqueceRio2015SIFINAL-%5B19017%5D.pdf
Online Notice Board - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/results/notices/index.php
Race Areas - http://www.sailing.org/olympics/rio2016/about/race_areas.php
Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition will take place at the Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will feature 380 athletes competing across ten events.
Racing is scheduled to take place from 8-18 August 2016 and the competition format for all events is fleet racing.
Aquece Rio website - www.aquecerio.com/en