Rio 2016: Second day of rowing postponed due to weather problems

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The second day of the 2016 Olympic rowing regatta was called off on Sunday due to problems caused by rough weather, organizers said.

The decision followed a day of difficult conditions on the opening day on Saturday, with some rowers complaining that the races should have been postponed. One boat capsized and several others were nearly swamped.

Winds again whipped up the waters on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon on Sunday morning.

"Racing is postponed and will not take place today due to technical installation difficulties caused by the strong winds and the forecast for the afternoon which indicates adverse weather conditions," an official communique said.

Highlights from Day 1:

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(L-R) Poland's Monika Ciaciuch, Poland's Agnieszka Kobus, Poland's Joanna Leszczynska and Poland's Maria Springwald row during the Women's Quadruple Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Poland's Monika Ciaciuch, Poland's Agnieszka Kobus, Poland's Joanna Leszczynska and Poland's Maria Springwald row during the Women's Quadruple Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Germany's Annekatrin Thiele, Germany's Carina Baer, Germany's Julia Lier and Germany's Lisa Schmidla row during the Women's Quadruple Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Australia's Jessica Hall, Australia's Kerry Hore, Australia's Jennifer Cleary and Australia's Madeleine Edmunds prepare to row during the Women's Quadruple Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) US Tyler Nase, US Edward King, US Anthony Fahden and US Robin Prendes row during the LWT Men's Four rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Jeff PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
(R-L) Germany's Lucas Schaefer, Germany's Tobias Franzmann, Germany's Lars Wichert and Germany's Jonathan Koch row during the LWT Men's Four rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Robert Manson and New Zealand's Christopher Harris (front) row during the Men's Double Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
New Zealand's Zoe Stevenson (R) amd New Zealand's Eve Macfarlane row during the Women's Double Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: Karsten Forsterling, Alexander Belonogoff, Cameron Girdlestone and James McRae of Australia compete during the Men's Quad. Sculls Heat 2 on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Lagoa Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
US Meghan O'leary (R) and US Ellen Tomek row during the Women's Double Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
Rio , Brazil - 6 August 2016; Alanis Kenia Lechuga of Mexico after winning the Women's Single Sculls heat in Lagoa Stadium, Copacabana, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Czech Republic's Miroslava Topinkova Knapkova (C) and her competitors prepare for the Women's Single Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
Canada's Carling Zeeman rows during the Women's Single Sculls rowing competition at the Lagoa Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. / AFP / Damien MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 06: A general view during the Women's Single Sculls Heat 3 on Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Lagoa Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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The International Rowing Federation (FISA) said earlier the rough weather had affected the buoy system which marks the course. The schedule, originally due to start at 8.30 am local time (1130 GMT), was put back twice before racing was called off for the day.

FISA rejected criticism of its decision to go ahead with Saturday's races, saying the conditions were the same for all the rowers. But Sunday's postponement is likely to throw the tight schedule into disarray and the weather is expected to worsen over Monday and Tuesday, when more races are scheduled.

British pair Heather Stanning and Helen Glover, unbeaten on the international stage since 2011 and defending the gold medal they won in 2012, were among those who had been scheduled to compete on Sunday.

(Editing by Clare Fallon)

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