Monday, July 14, 2008

German News Agency (dpa): Olympic organizers to seal off Qingdao race courses

Update, Tuesday 11am Valencia Time: The restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities were short lived. After the strong pressure from the sailors and national federations, they were finally lifted. Whether the Olympic sailors will be able to train is another issue. Qingdao woke up on Tuesday covered by very dense fog.

This is a brief translation of the report the German News Agency issued a couple of hours ago:

"The organizers of the Olympic sailing regatta in Qingdao (BOCOG) have declared the Olympic courses as prohibited zone by 8 tomorrow morning (Tuesday), local time. The announcement, sent to all national bodies, included no reasons and no limit. This was confirmed by the sports director of the German Sailing Federation, Hans Sendes.

Speculations in Qingdao are that the organizers might choose harder weapons in their fight against the spread of the algae."

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