World sailing no plans for viral tests at Rio Olympic waters
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Sailing's world governing body says it does not plan to conduct viral testing in Rio de Janeiro's polluted Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing and wind surfing at next year's Olympics.
Dr. Nebojsa Nikolic, top medical official for the International Sailing Federation, told The Associated Press on Saturday ''we will certainly not do this'' until the World Health Organization comes out with what he called a ''firm statement.''
The WHO told AP in an interview Friday it ''would support additional viral testing to further inform the risk assessment by authorities.''
The issue of increased testing for Rio's polluted waterways has drawn attention since an independent five-month analysis by AP published July 30 showed dangerously high levels of viruses from human sewage at all Rio Olympic water venues.