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Athletes Warned To Shower Straight After Leaving Water As RAW SEWAGE Pours Into Rio’s Guanabara Bay, Just Days After DEAD BODY And SEVERED ARM Were Found Floating In Water

(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.

36A688BB00000578-3711766-Swimmers_will_literally_be_swimming_in_human_crap_a_local_doctor-m-30_1469670222935But 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.

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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.

 

 

 

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No Whole In The Wall Showers And Twin Beds For USA Basketball Team, Check Out The Cruise Liner Kyrie, Melo And The Boys Will Call Home While In Rio

(SL) – If you thought the ZIKA virus was frightening, the living conditions in the Athletes’ Village will make you worry about catching a few other things as well; and the USA Basketball team isn’t taking any chances.

36CB024E00000578-3720299-Teammate_Matthew_Dellavedova_also_shared_a_photo_of_he_and_Ryan_-a-35_1470167020522We’ve all seen the images. Golden State Warrior Andrew Bogut making his own shower curtain and Mathew Dellavedova looking like he is in a remake of School Days. The conditions of the living quarters for athletes competing in the Summer Olympics leave a lot to be desired especially considering that these athletes are top tier performers with paychecks to match.

However, somebody didn’t get the memo in Rio and the Athletes Village has become something of a joke and Team USA will clearly have no parts of it. Kyrie Irving, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and other USA athletes won’t be roughing it while in Rio.  Instead they will be living in the lap of luxury with a spa, shops and 7ft beds aboard the Silversea Silver Cloud.

One official said they would have been pestered for autographs and selfies in the athletes’ village. But two NBA stars (granted they’re playing for Australia) are in the village sleeping on single beds. The boat is in the Bay of Rio where construction work is still not complete but the Ship is more than ready.

The NBA’s finest will arrive for the Rio Olympics today to take up residence in this luxury cruise ship. And although construction isn’t finished ,  the luxury cruise ship is a far cry from the humble digs their fellow NBA baller Andrew Bogut, from Australia, is staying in.

Bogut, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks and was named Australia’s richest sport star last year with earnings of $16 million, posted a photo of himself putting together his own shower curtain at the athletes’ village in Rio and has a mosquito net over his bed.

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Meanwhile, the cruise ship will afford the NBA men and women players  not only luxury and comfort but the type of security that they would expect and will be closed off to the public.

The only entrance is through an airport style scanner which is manned by Port Maua staff, backed up by security guards. On the water, police circle the ship on gun boats with marksmen equipped with automatic rifles.

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And if that wasn’t enough, Team USAs Olympic ship is surrounded by a bullet proof glass fence and 250 federal police officers are on alert keeping a watchful eye. ‘Nobody can get near the boat without invitation’ said one security official.

 

 

 

 

 

Zika Virus Fears Keeping The World’s Elite Away From Olympics

(SL) – We’re fully aware of the number of high profile athletes and top tier media personalities  who will not be attending the 2016 Olympics in Rio due to the imminent Zika virus. Even Kendra Harrison who just broke a 28-year old world record in the 100 meter-hurdles is opting not to go.

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NBC’s Savannah Guthrie isn’t going along with Lebron James, South African Golfer Charl Schwartzel and Steph Curry won’t be attending either.  Now, it’s being announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not attend.

The virus has devastating results including babies being born with small heads and brain deformities. The decision for Will and Kate along with Prince Harry to pass on the upcoming games  comes after Princess Charlene of Monaco decided against attending because of the virus. 

366466AC00000578-0-image-a-23_1469351124573The Daily Mail reports, Brazil has assured visitors they have the mosquito-borne virus under control but several big names have pulled out, including golfers Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.

The only members of Britian’s royal family expected to be in Rio is Princess Anne.

 

Gabby Douglas Is Going For Gold And You Get To Watch

(SL) – Gabby Douglas took the world by storm 4 years ago when she became the first African-American to win the Individual All-Around Gold, at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. And now she will become the first American gymnast to defend her title and you get to watch!
Gabrielle along with her momager Natalie Hawkins and her siblings are set to take you behind the scenes and along for what is sure to be one fascinating journey as she prepares for Rio 2016.
Douglas Family Gold  which gives viewers and fans an inside look of the youngest child of Natalie Hawkins’ and her tight-knit family as they help Gabby prepare for the Summer Olympics.
If you’ve followed Gabby’s career , you know it’s been one of sacrifice, trials and triumph. From a time when Natalie went years without a new pair shoes, pawned jewelry and according to one report even filed bankruptcy due to her willingness to make sure her children had what they needed to now overseeing her Olympian status daughter and her many endorsements, the Douglas family knows what life is like on both ends of the spectrum and audiences everywhere will certainly be inspired by this family and their chase for Olympic gold…a second time around.
Gabby and Her Mom Natalie took time out of their busy schedules to talk about the show, their lives both personal and professional during a conference call where media outlets like NBC Olympics, Huffington Post,  Rolling Out, Ebony.com and SytonniaLIVE were on hand for a Q and A that lasted about an hour.  I’ve pulled the pieces readers are most interested in from the transcript and listed them below.  Hope you enjoy this interview and make sure you tune in tonight to Oxygen at 10 p.m. ET for the Season Premiere ‘The First Hurdle’ which will show Gabby attempting to make the national team!
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Interview:
Q: Why the quest for the back-to-back
gold?
Gabrielle Douglas: Why the quest for back-to-back to gold? For me I – I’m a person who
loves a challenge and I felt like after 2012, you know, even though I won two
gold medals there was still like more that I wanted to do. So I didn’t want to retire because I was like young and I still, you know, loved
gymnastics and I still do so I was like, “Why not give it another shot?” And I
think that I was always like determined to go to 2016 to go to another
Olympics.  That’s why I’m doing it.
Q: Whose idea was it originally to do this show and did it – did you
take any convincing to agree to it?
Gabrielle Douglas:Yes I did. It was actually my oldest sister Arielle Hawkins. She actually
was the one that, you know, pitched the idea and we were all – well like not
me but, you know, my mom, my brother, my other sister – they were all like,
“Yes I think it would be cool.”
But I was the one who was a little bit hesitant because, you know, my main
focus was Rio and, you know, obviously it still is. So I didn’t want, you know,
the cameras in the gym distracting me while I was training and for the most
part they, you know, everyone at Oxygen was very respectful and they were
like, “Hey we don’t want to, you know, get your mind off Rio either.”
So we all like came together and, you know, figured out a plan and it worked
out and, you know, then I agreed and yes.
Natalie Hawkins:Actually I want to hop in real quick. I actually didn’t agree with it remember?
Gabrielle Douglas: Oh yes that’s right. I was like thinking about it. I was like, “Wait did she not agree either?” Okay we both didn’t. All right.
Natalie Hawkins: Okay. Thank you.

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Living The Dream: WNBA Superstar and Olympian Angel McCoughtry Set To Cover Sports Wire Magazine

(Atlanta, Ga) – As Sports Wire Magazine prepares its second edition, look for WNBA/Atlanta Dream superstar and Olympian Angel McCoughtry to spice up the cover. Here’s a sneak peek of our Sports Wire Cover shoot with the beautiful baller who could double as a model.   Anunnamedgel sat down with Sports Wire Media Director, Sytonnia, and she doesn’t hold back either as she talks about her lifestyle, being a preacher’s kid and her fiance Brandy.

Read on for a behind the scenes video clip of the Atlanta Dream superstar.

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