BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Water quality in Qingdao will meet the standard for the Olympic sailing event, a report issued by China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said on Tuesday.
At the Olympic sailing venue in eastern Shandong Province, the water quality was excellent for about 30 percent of the days monitored in August and fairly good for the rest, the report said.
The bacteria rate in the water was also below the national and international level, it added.
The 2008 Olympic Games will open on Aug. 8 and run to Aug. 24.
Six "red tides", or algal blooms, were monitored in the coastal areas of Qingdao from 2004 to 2007. Only one, however, happened in August and it was non-toxic, the report said.
The SOA and Qingdao government have conducted environmental monitoring at the sailing venue since 2004, said Jiang Chongbo, an SOA official.
Qingdao's light wind conditions had raised concern among athletes, but organizers said at a press conference last week that the coastal city was absolutely capable of providing adequate racing conditions.
Qingdao Vice Mayor Zang Aimin said that judging from the last two years' test events and the meteorologic data for the past 30 years, the city's wind conditions could meet the standards to hold Olympic sailing competitions.
"Though the city's wind conditions are far from perfect, we are confident that the Olympic sailing events can proceed without a hitch," she said.