Strike, weedy water slow Rio sprint canoe test

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RIO DE JANEIRO: A Brazilian team strike and problems with floating weeds marred the start on Friday (Saturday in Manila) of a canoe sprint test in Rio de Janeiro’s picturesque but polluted lagoon ahead of next year’s Olympic Games. Brazilian team members refused to join the opening of the three-day test competition, one of dozens of test events being run across Rio ahead of the 2016 Games, because of a pay dispute. Heading the protest was Isaquias Queiroz, Brazil’s champion sprint canoeist and winner of gold and bronze at the world championships in Milan two weeks ago.

AFP

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