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Olympic rowing scrapped for Wednesday due to stormy weather

The Olympic rowing regatta was called off Wednesday as rain and winds lashed the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro.

Heavy winds, steady rain hits Rio Olympic venue

A man sits as a sign behind him announces the cancellation of Olympic rowing races in Rio due to high winds Sunday in Lagoa Stadium. (Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images)
The Olympic rowing regatta was called off Wednesday as rain and winds lashed the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro.

"No racing will take place today," a media officer announced on the first day medals were to be awarded for the sport at the 2016 Summer Games.

"If Friday morning at 10 o'clock [Brazilian time] we are sitting here, we may have to lose some races," international rowing federation director Matt Smith said Wednesday, insisting the delay was necessary due to "unfair wind."

World Rowing released the revised schedule, which was put together by Olympic organizers.

The women's quadruple sculls and the men's quadruple sculls were set to be contested Wednesday.

Canada's men's four and the women's eight were among the Canadian boats slated to race along with the team's best medal hopefuls, Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee, who were to row in the women's double sculls semifinal.

Despite those plans, mist shrouded the mountains that flank the lagoon on Wednesday morning and rain fell steadily as winds again whipped up the water.

It's the second time this week officials have been forced to call off competition because of high winds and choppy water. Races on Sunday were postponed for a day when blustery conditions roiled the waters of the lagoon.

On Monday, organizers jammed some 30 heats and repechages into the schedule following the decision to postpone Sunday's races.

That delay came after Saturday's opening heats were marred by high winds that contributed to two Serbian rowers capsizing into the polluted water at Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon.

By Reuters, with files from The Canadian Press

With files from The Canadian Press

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