As the Olympic games in Rio quickly approach, Rio is still not ready for their games. In fact, it appears that their water conditions have gotten even worse.
Despite having seven years to prepare for the games, the water in Rio has gotten worse and athletes have been warned that they will be swimming and taking part in other water events through waters that are infested with “human crap.”
Last month a dead corpse was found in Guanabara Bay floating on top of the water. Also last month, human remains washed up on shore of Copacabana Beach, which is where volleyball players will be competing in their events.
“Foreign athletes will literally be swimming in human crap, and they risk getting sick from all those microorganisms,” said local Brazilian pediatrician, Dr. Daniel Becker.
Health experts are warning Olympic athletes to keep their mouths shut while taking part in their events. Scientists and environmentalists added that the waters are far more contaminated than they thought and the conditions may be worse than seven years ago when the clean-up started.
“We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up,” Dutch sailing team member, Afrodite Zegers said.
The New York Times reported that billions of dollars have been spent on sewage treatment systems to clean up the waters, but the systems do not work properly.
Athletes will be competing in Guanabara Bay as well as Copacabana Beach.
Recent tests have been conducted by the government as well as scientists show that there is are rotavirus’ in the water that are caused by diarrhea. In addition, there are also “super bacteria” in the water that is resistant to drugs.
The International Olympic Committee agreed that the water was filthy, but at the places where the athletes will compete, the water meets World Health Organization’s safety standards.