Olympic Sailing Ramp Collapses In Rio

Posted by on August 2, 2016 in World with 9 Comments

Sailing Ramp Collapses

By RT.com

Safety concerns over the Rio 2016 Olympic venues have increased after the main ramp of the sailing port collapsed on Sunday, less than one week before the opening ceremony is scheduled to take place.
According to Rio 2016 spokesman Philip Wilkinson, the ramp at Marina da Gloria collapsed after being hit by high tides and stormy seas.The temporary structure is the main access point for boats to reach the water.No one was injured in the incident and Wilkinson said repairs will be made within four days. Sailing competitions begin on August 8.

Mark Adams, International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman, said: “It would be wrong to make a great deal [of the incident]. In the run-up to the games, things happen.”

Television studios on Copacabana Beach were also damaged, as strong winds left broadcast areas flooded with water, not far from the volleyball arena on the legendary stretch of sand.

Levels of contamination in the outdoor watersports venues also remain an issue, with Monday's report commissioned by the Associated Press revealing that water in those areas has viral levels 1.7 million times higher than would be considered alarming in Europe and the US.

The latest problems come two days after it was claimed the man leading the construction of the Olympic Village had been sacked over the “uninhabitable” conditions that greeted athletes arriving for the Games.

The head of the athletes’ village, Mario Cilenti, was reportedly fired from his role after failing to ensure the accommodation was completed on time.

Australian team chief Kitty Chiller had described the village as unsafe and decided that the entire team would stay in hotels until the problems had been resolved.

Rio 2016 organizers have faced a series of issues in their bid to ensure they deliver a successful Games, including Brazil's economic problems, the Zika virus and difficulties with the transport infrastructure.

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  1. yes..Brazil is set to accommodate the Olympics like it did with the World cup

  2. Not for any kind of water sports it ain’t!

  3. Prayers for all the athletes and families there.

  4. Yes, great place to have the Olympics. Not so good that they have and are still trying to do it cheaply (committee member for RIO2016 said so on the news!!). People’s lives are at risk because of this risk..

  5. The olympic essence is slightly more complex than just organizing an event.

  6. This place is going to be one big fuck up, i sense it. Its being 100% run by one jewish firm. All the way through. From coordinating, setting up the event, running security all of this. Its one firm and im scared there will be a false flag, its starting to sound kinda funny that its all being taken cared of by one firm and suposedly they are you know perhaps zionists and zionists as we all know are partakers in these crazy things going on worldwide. So i dont know. I just hope eeryone stays safe out there and that all the athletes make it home ok.

  7. ChristianyEickhorst@hotmail.com' Andreas Lossman says:

    In another incident caused by strong winds in Rio, water inundated TV studios on Copacabana Beach near the volleyball arena. Iron boards were used to contain the waves. Rio’s construction standards have been under heavy criticism since April, when a new elevated bike path that was heralded as a top legacy project of the Rio Olympics collapsed, killing two people .

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