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SBD Global/July 28, 2014/OlympicsPrint All
Athletes concerned about pollution in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay that will be used for the summer Olympic sailing competitions "will carry out their own water tests next week," according to Tariq Panja of BLOOMBERG. Int'l squads "are traveling to Brazil for the 2016 Games’s first test event amid concerns over water quality in the bay, where large amounts of untreated sewage and debris flow daily." Rio Games spokesperson Phil Wilkinson said, "In the interests of transparency we are inviting any team that wants to test the water to do so." Rio said in its bid to become the first South American country to stage the Olympics that "it would cut pollution flowing into the bay by 80 percent." That figure "has since been revised downward" though officials from the Rio state government have said that "the water will meet international sailing competition standards" (BLOOMBERG, 7/25).
Sources said that Cho Yang-ho, a corporate exec who led PyeongChang's successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Games, "has been nominated to be the top organizer of the event," according to YONHAP. Cho, chairman of Hanjin Group, "is in line to replace former chief organizer Kim Jin-sun, who resigned on Monday, citing the need for new leadership for PyeongChang." The new chief organizer "will be elected at a general congress of PyeongChang's organizing committee." No date "has been set for the meeting," but sources said that "it will likely be held on Friday." Cho, who has been the president of the Korea Table Tennis Association since '08 and the VP of the Asian Table Tennis Union since '09, is also a VP of the Korean Olympic Committee (YONHAP, 7/27).