OK people, since the Rio Olympics are just one week away the water situation has got to be getting better, right? Wrong! According to one website that says both government and Olympic officials have acknowledged that efforts to treat sewage and clear garbage from Guanabara Bay and other beaches in Rio have been insufficient.
Which is why health experts are now sending severe warnings to those competing in swimming, sailing and windsurfing events. “Foreign athletes will literally be swimming in human crap, and they risk getting sick from all those microorganisms,” a pediatrician who works in poor neighborhoods, recently told The New York Times. “It’s sad but also worrisome.”
And now, environmentalists and scientists say Rio’s waters are more contaminated than previously thought, with recent tests by government and independent scientists revealing viruses and bacteria in many of the city’s waters. “We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up,”Afrodite Zegers, a member of the Dutch sailing team that has been practicing in Guanabara Bay.
Yeah—if you need help with that I’m sure city officials in Rio can help you with it—they’ve been tight lipped about this mess for four years. But hey, Government officials and the IOC reportedly say the areas where athletes will compete meet World Health Organization safety standards.