Brazil: The Brazilian govt has decided of using helicopters and GPS to spot any floating rubbish over Guanabara Bay. The move has been adopted to keep the Rio Olympics point of view in mind. The exercise will be completed by the trash-collecting boats in the waters that will receive GPS coordinates, and will sweep up debris before each day of Olympic sailing kicks off.
World Sailing head, Andy Hunt said that holding the Olympics in the polluted bay requires “numerous unusual contingency plans to make sure the field of play is fair and safe.” He said these include floating barriers to keep rubbish from entering the bay and hygiene briefings for sailors and staff.
Hunt told The Associated Press that Rio is difficult, raising a comparison with the yacht-filled New England harbor of Newport. Said Hunt: “We wouldn’t be out sailing in Newport with spotting helicopters and eco-boats.”