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CIOC: Allan not concerned by Rio water advisories

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Cayman’s Olympic Committee says neither sailor Florence Allan nor her coach, Raph Harvey, are concerned about the water quality in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

Scientists and environmentalists warn of the city’s contaminated waters, with at least one doctor advising athletes to keep their mouths closed while competing on the water.

A CIOC spokesperson says Allan — who will compete in the women’s laser radial — was unaware of the unofficial advisory, adding Allan has sailed in Rio waters for three weeks without issue.

The spokesperson said CIOC has had water testing results compiled from the World Health Organisation for more than a year.

The spokesperson also said Team Cayman was unaware of reports from Jamaican track and field athletes of hearing gunfire throughout the night on Saturday (30 July). The spokesperson said Jamaica’s team was set up outside of the Olympic area and that the Cayman contingent has nothing but positive things to say about Rio so far.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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