Why Rio for Olympics, where sanitation is major problem?

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  1. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    Was it a PC thing to allow Rio to host the summer Olympics under such dire circumstances?

    We have Fox and CNN zeroing in on the issue. Both Fox and CNN report The Associated Press (AP) findings in it’s own commission on the subject.


    Fox: “Expert to Rio athletes: 'Don't put your head under water’”

    “Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press.

    Not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in water competitions, but the AP's tests indicate that tourists also face potentially serious health risks on the golden beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana.

    The AP's survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio's Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.”

    “Danger is lurking even in the sand. Samples from the beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema revealed high levels of viruses, which recent studies have suggested can pose a health risk — particularly to babies and small children.”

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    CNN: “Olympic Athletes at Risk of Becoming 'Violently Ill' from Rio Water, Says AP”

    “A 16-month Associated Press study found waste levels in Rio de Janeiro water remain dangerously high ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, with athletes and spectators in danger of becoming "violently ill" due to viruses.

    Jenny Barchfield of the AP reported anyone who consumes three or more teaspoons of the contaminated water—roughly half an ounce—is "almost certain" to become infected by viruses. The water levels most regularly cause gastroenteritis (the stomach flu) but can also lead to inflammation of the heart and brain.

    The adenovirus, which can cause cold-like symptoms in healthy individuals or dangerous illness in those who are immunodeficient, was found in 90 percent of waters tested.

    "That's a very, very, very high percentage," said Dr. Valerie Harwood, chair of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida. "Seeing that level of human pathogenic virus is pretty much unheard of in surface waters in the U.S. You would never, ever see these levels because we treat our waste water. You just would not see this.””

    “Copacabana Beach was also found to have fecal matter that would have exceeded the acceptable levels for California by "five times.””

  2. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest

    Hmm... Fox News. I wonder what they had to say back in 2009?

    No: It wasn't a PC thing. It was Barack and Michelle Obama's fault.

  3. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    They hosted the World Cup in 2014, one would think they 2 years later things would move forward.
  4. blackfox macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Well, hopefully the IOC follows FIFAs lead and some firings be happening...Frankly, I feel bad for everyone involved in the Rio Olympics - just a mess.
  5. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    World Cup is one thing; Olympics is so much bigger and requires a lot more out of a country.

    I read a recent article about the IOC's regret over this and how they're going to shy away from giving the Olympics to developing countries. Ya think?
  6. FieldingMellish thread starter Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    Imagine you have your chance to win cut short by nasal contact with infected water?

    Rio, at least invent apt games, like projectile distance vomiting, or fording a body of water by tip toeing over turds.
  7. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
    The 25-meter feces swim should be very exciting.
  8. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I think they were hoping things would get cleaned up, and when it became apparent they wouldn't be it was too late to move them.
  9. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    The organisers promised to clean up the areas to be used when they won the hosting rights some years ago. It wasn't an unreasonable expectation. They have however failed, nothing to do with PC.
  10. mudslag macrumors regular


    Oct 18, 2010

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