UPDATE: Associated Press reporter Stephen Wade did a little more digging after reading the SA piece below. His update is here.
You won’t see it in any official ISAF or IOC report, but the first major casualty (that we know about, anyway) of the Guanabara Bay pollution epidemic is now in a local hospital. One of the top light-air RS:X specialists, Korean boardsailor Wonwoo Choo, was rushed to an ambulance yesterday afternoon with high fever, vomiting, chills, and dehydration. More from “Danny OK”, and please share his post on the IOC and ISAF Facebook pages as many times as you can. Only the most unrelenting pressure can force change against the tide of corruption, laziness, incompetence, and downright apathy, and only when Rio understands that this scandal may kill off what is left of their dwindling tourism industry will the local government do something about it. Here’s Danny’s post:
More than 10 years of life-time effort can be destroyed in one day! This is not an emergency situation, but it’s very disappointing. He has been sick since last night with a high fever, vomiting and coldness, and he is now fully dehydrated.
It seems he got infected from virus somewhere in the racing site which is supposed to be safe and clean as an Olympic venue. I hope this wouldn’t happen again not only for us, but for all sailors who compete on the same play ground.
Additionally, I hope IOC and ISAF must consider how the safety issue will be improved for the next year.
We may not able to clear all the issues, but we could minimize the risks.
August 19th, 2015