Sep 3, 2014, 9:51 AM EST
The water quality in a marina where Rio Olympic sailing events will be held will be upgraded with a new yearlong project, officials announced Tuesday.
A .62-mile pipeline will be built by Rio’s state government as part of a $6.2 million plan, according to The Associated Press.
“One hundred percent of the [cleanup] promises relating to the sites where the sailing competition is to be held will be kept a year before the Olympics,” a Rio official said, according to the AP. “It is the best backdrop for sailing in the history of the Olympics.”
Sailors took part in the first Olympic test event for any sport in August in Rio’s Guanabara Bay, site of the 2016 Olympic sailing events.
The 2016 Olympic sailing venue is contaminated with sewage, but American sailors’ training in the bay wasn’t hindered going into the test event, U.S. Olympic Sailing managing director Josh Adams said.
Adams said then that the worst-case conditions of Guanabara Bay that have largely been reported on are in an area of the bay that wouldn’t be used for competition at the test event or the Olympics.
US Sailing and the U.S. Olympic Committee commissioned water tests on different areas of the bay in the spring. They received results from those tests before the test event and planned accordingly.
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