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Sports Olympic Sailing Ramp Collapses in Rio de Janeiro


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The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has partially collapsed, raising further questions about the quality of construction in the Olympic host city.

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Philip Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organising committee, said high tides and stormy seas on Saturday were to blame for the damage. The collapsed structure, which is temporary, is the main access point for boats to reach the water. No one was injured in the incident.

Wilkinson said the construction company responsible for the project has been contacted and was expected to make the repairs within four days. Sailing competitions begin on 8 August.

Training will not be affected as the boats can use the permanent ramp to the side of the damaged structure, Rio 2016’s spokesman said. Mark Adams, International Olympic Committee spokesman, said “it would be wrong to make a great deal” of the Marina da Gloria incident. “In the run-up to the games, things happen,” Adams said.
 
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