How Much of a Shit Show (Literally) Will the Olympics Be?
Yardbarker - Olympic athletes will have to deal with a lot of crap in Rio. Literally.
According to News.com.au, government and Olympic officials have acknowledged that efforts to treat sewage and clear garbage from Guanabara Bay and other beaches in Rio have been insufficient. This has prompted health officials to warn those competing in swimming, sailing and windsurfing events.
“Foreign athletes will literally be swimming in human crap, and they risk getting sick from all those microorganisms,” Dr. Daniel Becker, a pediatrician who works in poor neighborhoods, recently told The New York Times. “It’s sad but also worrisome.”
Environmentalists and scientists have said that Rio’s waters are much more contaminated than previously thought, with recent tests by government and independent scientists revealing viruses and bacteria in many of the city’s waters, according to The New York Times.
Government officials and the International Olympic Committee reportedly say the areas where athletes will compete meet World Health Organization safety standards, but the amount of trash and sewage contaminating many of Rio’s waters is concerning, nonetheless.
“We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up,” Afrodite Zegers, a member of the Dutch sailing team that has been practicing in Guanabara Bay, told The New York Times.
Sounds like fun.
As you already know, the speculation building up to the Rio Summer games has been extensive, to say the least. Now just a week out, the place is still a cesspool.
How are athletes supposed to compete in an actual pile of human poo?
Not only is it disgusting, it's a disgrace to the Olympic games and a real health hazard. Shame on the Olympic committee for not only selecting Rio for the games, but not doing enough work to even have a safe environment!
From the infected water, to the Zika virus, to potential terror threats, this is really shaping up to be a catastrophic Olympics. Not just for the athletes, but for the hundreds of thousands of people forced to relocate to make room for the games. These are low-income families that can't afford to live anywhere else, further displaying the abundant ignorance and incompetence of the Olympic committee.
With the way things are looking in just that one image, you can probably infer that the water will not be clean for next week. All you can do is sit back, hope that everything goes smoothly, and hope nobody is harmed by the imminent dangers there. Because god knows you're not going to Rio to watch this monstrosity unfold.