Contaminated Water OK for Brazilian Citizens, Not OK For Olympians

Rio de Janeiro’s Beaches And Water Sports Venues Test Like Raw Sewage

Rio pollution threatens athletesWho is going to clean up this mess?


The Associated Press tested the water at Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Water Sports venue and found it to be dangerous to human life. According to the report, water samples taken from Rio Bay showed incredibly high levels of viruses and bacteria levels as would be expected from a metropolis that has been dumping raw human sewage for decades. By “incredibly” we mean a range from 14 million adenoviruses to 1.7 billion per liter. California standards consider 1,000 viruses per liter to be dangerous.

According to the news stories, some athletes participating in pre-Olympic qualifying events have already experienced fevers and diarrhea. The 2016 Summer Olympics will begin in about a year and at this point, International Olympic Committee Officials are officially not worried. If Rio somehow manages to clean up the pollution enough to hold the water events, it will be a side benefit for the citizens of Rio. But it will only be because the powers that be want to avoid embarrassment, not because they have suddenly decided to do the right thing.

The 2016 Summer Olympics will begin in about a year and at this point, International Olympic Committee Officials are officially not worried. And if you can’t trust an Olympic Committee Member, who can you trust (we ask rhetorically)?


Ironically, Sao Paulo and the surrounding region in the Southeast are about out of water.

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