AP Investigation Reveals Olympic Athletes Will Swim in ‘Raw Sewage’ in Rio Waterways

By Cole Mellino, EcoWatch – Olympic athletes are gearing up for the 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but a recent AP investigation revealed some startling news: “Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.” The investigation into the water quality in Olympic and Paralympic venues found “dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage.” “Much of the sewage in Rio, a city of 12 million, goes untreated and garbage pickup is spotty, so tons of raw sewage and trash flow into Guanabara Bay, as well as the city’s lakes, lagoons and even its celebrated beaches,” says Mashable. Many officials are obviously concerned about the safety of the athletes, many of whom have already fallen...

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