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China: Olympics sailing site is algae-free

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   SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- The site of the Olympic sailing competition is now clear of bright-green algae that was covering the sea off the city of Qingdao (king-DOW').

   That meets today's goal the Chinese government set for clearing the site.

   The sea-blanketing algae bloom, which officials blame on natural causes, was disrupting practices for the more than 30 Olympic sailing teams already on site.

   To get it ready for next month's games, the Chinese government had thousands of soldiers, volunteers and fishing boats help remove the algae.

   A government official says 37 national teams are now training at the Olympic site.

   Meanwhile, the cleanup continues outside the barrier of fishnets and canvas that's being used to keep the algae out of the competition area.

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