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AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

Jorgensen, 29, and True, 33, become the sixth and seventh members of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, joining pentathlete Nathan Schrimsher, table tennis player Yue “Jennifer” Wu, and open water swimmers Jordan Wilimovsky, Sean Ryan and Haley Anderson, all of whom qualified last month. The World Olympic Qualification is a test event for the Rio 2016 Olympi…

Olympic organizers and the Brazilian government have tested only for bacteria to decide if the water is safe.

Later in the day, Rodrigo Garcia, the sports director for the local Olympic organizing committee, said that new, unpublished water test results show that the area is suitable for the competition, but provided no details on the results.

The comprehensive test of a body of water to be used for Olympic events in Rio de Janeiro found dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage. “We have to follow the best expert advice”. “That’s my plan”.

“WHO has also advised the IOC to widen the scientific base of indicators to include viruses”, the statement said.

The investigation also showed venues for triathlon and open water swimming off Copacabana Beach had high virus levels that pose a threat to athletes and tourists. While this special Olympic qualifying event is not part of the 2015 World Triathlon Series, it marks Jorgensens 12th straight WTS or prestige equivalent victory for the 2014 ITU WTS World Champion.

The AP viral testing, which will continue in the coming year, found not one water venue safe for swimming or boating, according to global water experts.

In Rio, much of the waste runs through open-air ditches to fetid streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites and blight the city’s picture postcard beaches.

“Starting next week, hundreds of athletes will take to the waters in Olympic trial events”, the AP reported.

“It’s been an interesting learning experience over the last few days”.

“I’ve seen a fridge door, mannequins, whole beds, doors and windows”, said Airton, who leads one of the so-called “eco-boats”, or floating garbage trucks, that officials have deployed in a last-ditch effort to clean the bay in time for the Summer Games. “It’s kind of eye-opening for me that people didn’t differentiate the two”.

“We know we are exposed to viruses, maybe to a health problem later”, he said on Friday in Rio.

The controversy has turned the relatively minor sport of sailing into the most talked about aspect of Brazil’s Olympics preparation, embarrassing a country that wants the Games to demonstrate its rise as a global economic power and regional giant. “It was exhausting to listen to my companion, we often exclusively get to coach in calmer waters”, she stated.

So far, neither the IOC nor the sailing federation has said who would do their testing. He is not being paid by the AP to conduct the testing, though the AP is purchasing the lab materials required to carry out the research.

Even Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduatdo Paes having admitted an opportunity “has been missed”.

FROM: http://www.ifreepress.com/5353-ap-investigation-filthy-rio-water-a-threat-at-2016-olympics/

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