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Rio organizers: 1st Olympic test event successful

Saturday - 8/9/2014, 6:32pm  ET

New Zealand's Finn class Andrew Murdoch competes during the first test event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Sugar Loaf Mountain is seen on the background. American sailing officials have hired medical experts to test the water in Guanabara, which has suffered from decades of untreated human waste being poured into the bay. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio organizers say the sailing competition that marked the first test event for the 2016 Games was "a great success."

Organizers said all objectives were "successfully reached" in the seven-day event that ended Saturday. Nearly 330 athletes from 35 countries participated in the regatta, the biggest ever held in Brazil.

In a statement, local organizers made no direct reference to water pollution at the bay, a topic that has attracted a lot of negative attention after officials admitted they will not be able to completely clean the site until 2016.

The sports director of the local organizing committee, Rodrigo Garcia, said the games' first test came to a close "with a sense of mission accomplished."

The regatta was the first in a series of 45 national and international test events.


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