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British Olympic Rowers Avoid Polluted Sea in Rio de Janeiro

While a dip in the ocean at Copacabana beach is a highlight for most visitors to Rio de Janeiro, Britain’s Olympic rowing team was ordered to avoid the sea during a weeklong trip because of concerns about pollution and dangerous currents.

Members of the 36-person team are staying on dry land for their weeklong preparatory trip to the 2016 Olympic host city. Sailors competing in an August event at the games venue in the Guanabara Bay complained about floating debris that included a dead dog, prompting games organizers to promise to clean up the Brazilian city’s polluted waterways.