(SL) – Bomb threats, traffic backed up for 74 miles and now raw sewage in the bay. The problems just keep mounting for the upcoming Olympics in Rio as now some are dubbing the games the Poo-Olympics after athletes are being warned to shower straight after leaving the water as raw sewage runs into Guanabara Bay.
Pollution problems at the Rio Olympics has gotten so bad that officials moving, sailing or rowing boats are using gloves and medical workers are on standby to treat any infectious cuts, and athletes are showering after leaving the water.
Pictures of raw sewage pouring into the sea into Guanabara Bay in Rio have emerged as the countries competing try and put in place alternative plans to combat the constant environmental threat.
Guanabara Bay in Rio will host the triathlon, sailing and marathon swimming events at the Games.
But despite new measures taken by the teams, a 16-month testing program showed 1400 athletes ‘face potentially serious health risks’ – as do any Olympic tourists who choose to swim at Copacabana Beach.
The Daily Mail Reports, testing at several of the city’s world-famous beaches have shown high levels of bacteria relating to sewage pollution, and tourists have been warned to be careful.
The World Health Organisation did give the Olympic water venues in Guanabara Bay the green light after they had tested them for 60 days and said they were safe on the basis of bacterial testing, but not for viruses.
Last week competitors taking part in some of the aquatic events at the Games were warned not to open their mouths to avoid catching serious illnesses from the polluted water.
Health experts warned Olympic marathon swimmers, sailors and windsurfers competing in Rio’s Guanabara Bay – where a body was found floating in the lead up to the Games – to be ultra careful as the waters are much more contaminated than was previously thought.
Dutch Sailing team member Afrodite Zegers, says, “We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up.” But one Brazilian doctor warns that Olympic marathon swimmers will literally be swimming in human crap and risk getting sick from microorganisms.
Spanish women’s sailing team coach Nigel Cochrane described it as ‘disgusting’ and that they were ‘very concerned’ about it all despite reassurances from Olympic authorities.