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Ex-sailing leader says he was fired for opposing competition in Rio's polluted waters

Ex-sailing leader says he was fired for opposing competition in Rio's polluted waters

It came as a surprise to outsiders when the international sailing federation announced last month that its chief executive, Peter Sowrey, had resigned to "pursue other challenges."

Now, Sowrey claims he was forced out for trying to shift the sailing venue for the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics away from polluted Guanabara Bay.

"They basically voted me out," the former leader of World Sailing told the Associated Press. "I didn't resign. The board finally told me to leave."

Environmentalists have long voiced concerns about the trash- and sewage-tainted bay where sailors, open-water swimmers and others will compete in...

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