Water Unsafe for Rio 2016 Olympics

Athletes will be forced to swim and boat through human excrement and run the risk of falling ill with serious diseases at next year’s Olympics in Rio, an investigation has found .A probe of the Brazilian city’s Olympic and Paralympic sites by the Associated Press (AP) revealed water containing dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage.  The tests did not find one water venue safe for swimming or boating, according to global experts – results which have alarmed competitors training in Rio, who run the risk of falling ill with viruses known to cause respiratory and digestive illnesses before even being able to compete in the games. Brazilian officials, who vowed to spend $4 billion improving basic sanitation as part of its Olympic bid, have assured the water will be safe. But the government has said it does not test for viruses.


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