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Int'l Sailing Federation May Move 2016 Olympic Sailing From Polluted Guanabara Bay

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 04 / 28 / 15

The Int'l Sailing Federation "gave another warning" to Rio de Janeiro concerning the trash and water quality of the Guanabara Bay in relation to the upcoming Olympic Games, according to GLOBO ESPORTE. ISAF Head of Competitions Alastair Fox "showed frustration with the situation" and said that there ...

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