Fevers, Vomiting & Diarrhoea: AP Finds The Filth & Danger In Rio 2016 Olympic Waters

Dredging the dirt, July 2015 - Silvia Izquierdo AP Photo

Athletes competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next year will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human faeces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found

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Athletes competing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next year will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human faeces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found

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Ger

I wonder what the 20 qualifiers for the OW event would think after reading this. Very shocking, and scary. How can they possibly clean it up in one year, if they even try? Does the IOC not examine the infrastructure of venues before awarding venues?

Craig Lord

Much is decided on promise of delivery when it comes to Olympic bids, Ger. London had a massive clean up of contaminated land to get through … and it managed it, but over several long and hard years. Cleaning up open water in a year will be hard to achieve, especially if there is not the back up to stop the processes that led to the contamination in the first place – and over a long period of time.

aswimfan

Alternatively, they could stage the open water swimming, rowing and kayaking in the pristine Amazone river upstream.
Never mind the anacondas, crocodiles. electric eels and piranhas. It could be much more interesting events to watch, however.

Sabastian Tran

I think this is shocking. Above all else, the well-being of athletes in the olympic movement is paramount. They should feel safe so that they can perform at their peak.

If I had just qualified for the Olympics and then read this report, I think my confidence levels would plummet!

DDias

aswimfan,
would be a great thing if the distance between Rio de Janeiro and Amazon river wasn’t near 1800 miles… it s like in another country.

About the pollution:
The politicians always knew it the costs to do a complete cleaning in Guanabara Bay(roughly US$6billion), but corruption is winning… :[

rfrize

Reminds me of the multiple dicky tummy complaints from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

If I recall correctly, a number of GB swimmers had funding difficulties in the aftermath after illness-induced below par swims.

Craig Lord

Indeed rfrize – but according to team officials there was only a few cases of a slight problem – told to the media as we slipped on the vomit and caught the arms of fainting folk all about us 🙂

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