From far away, there is no doubt: the view is pretty. Seen from up close, you can be sure that the appearance has fooled you. Guanabara Bay is in agony, victim of pollution from domestic and industrial wastewaters, besides oil spills and other disposals. And it is exactly here where, starting tomorrow, at least one of the six regattas of the Class Star World Championship will be realized, a competition which includes 81 boats from 20 countries.
A situation which upsets sailor Torben Grael, the Brazilian with most Olympic medals (five in total). “There is so much garbage in the Bay that it is actually a mess to have the competition there. Outside the Bay (in open seas) there is also a lot of garbage, however, less. It is a very negative factor and an even worse business card for someone who will organize the 2016 Olympics”, criticizes the athlete, one of the biggest attractions of the World Championship. “If they want to realize the sailing competition in Rio (during the 2016 Olympics), they will have to improve significantly. The way it is now…”