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Rio Olympics: Chambers and Fletcher face wait after wind delays event

By Charlie Talbot-Smith

Richard Chambers and Will Fletcher will have to wait to get their Olympic campaign underway after Sunday's entire rowing schedule was cancelled due to high winds.

The first day of rowing at the Lagoa Stadium had gone ahead as planned despite rough conditions that saw the Serbian pair of Milos Vasic and Nena Bedik capsize.

Former Olympic champions James Cracknell and Steve Redgrave had both questioned FISA's decision to go ahead with the schedule and on Sunday the governing body pulled the plug.

With the winds blowing the lane buoys out of line, Sunday's racing was initially delayed by two hours before then being cancelled altogether.

All that means that the man from Coleraine - who had been scheduled to compete in Heat 4 of the men's lightweight double sculls alongside Fletcher - will have to wait to find out when he will kick off his Olympic campaign.

And David Tanner - performance director for GB Rowing - endorsed the decision to call off the competition for the day with the forecast suggesting conditions were going to worsen rather than improve.

"I absolutely support it. We definitely, definitely shouldn't be racing in these conditions. Well done, FISA," he said.

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