Athletes at Rio Olympics to compete in 'basically raw sewage', study reveals
Analysis of Rio waters reveals dangerous contamination levels
Marine biologist: ‘What you have there is basically raw sewage’
None of three Olympic water venues tested were deemed safe
Since Rio de Janeiro was chosen as host city of the Olympic Games in 2016, many Brazilians here in GB forums - including myself (with different nicknames -Rafa, Rapha, Raphael, Mauricio and Monteverde - because I always ended up forgetting my passwords and e-mail accounts and, therefore, had to open new accounts) - pointed out the issue of Guanabara Bay, the delay in the implementation of sewage treatment and cleaning actions, the Brazilian bureaucracy; we explained why the bay is polluted, presented possible solutions. We also did mention the need of a plan B. Today the Associated Press published a scientific research held at the bay. Results were predictable. There is no possibility to clean the Guanabara Bay for the Olympics. There are high levels of contamination both by viruses and bacteria. The bay is a true open sewer. Almost the same can be said about Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, which presents problems which can be still be solved, if authorities are willing. It is shameful for the RIO 2016 Committee, IOC, mayor Paes, the Government of the State of Rio and the Ministry of Sports. They are alll responsible for that, either by incompetence or bad faith. Frankly, for the good of the games and to to expose athletes to the risks we have been warning all those years, Rio Committee, Fina and IOC should finally consider the possibility of holding events elsewhere.