News Olympic athletes told to ‘keep your mouth closed’ when in contaminated water

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  1. thegroovologist

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    "IF OLYMPIC athletes’ tolerance levels were not being pushed to the limit already, they’ve now been told to keep their mouths closed.

    On top of concerns over substandard Olympic village accommodation, athletes have been warned that Rio’s aquatic sites remain contaminated.

    Government and Olympic officials admit efforts to treat sewage and clear garbage from Guanabara Bay and the city’s beaches have been insufficient, prompting warnings from health experts.

    The bay will host the sailing and windsurfing events at next month’s Olympics.

    Scientists say the waters are filled with a host of pathogens and viruses with recent tests showing it is more contaminated than first thought, The New York Times reported.

    One doctor told The Times that athletes will “literally be swimming in human crap”.


    Paediatrician Daniel Becker also warned they were at risk of getting sick from microorganisms and toxins in the water.

    Health experts have advised competitors to keep their mouths shut.


    Afrodite Zegers, a member of the Dutch sailing team, has been practising in Guanabara Bay, renowned for its high levels of pollution.

    “We just have to keep our mouths closed when the water sprays up,” she told The Times.


    One local revealed his disappointment that authorities weren’t able to clean up the water properly in time for the games, revealing “it smells like (expletive) because it’s full of (expletive)”.

    Luiz Goldfeld told USAToday he expected something would be done about the problem when the Olympics were announced in 2009.

    However according to him, little has changed in seven years with tonnes of raw sewage pumped into the bay every day.

    He said the stench was often overpowering and that he had seen human waste and dead animals in the water.

    However some have pointed out the events being held in the bay are actually a long way from where the worst pollution levels are.

    London-based Brazilian singer-songwriter Isabel Monteiro tweeted the negativity surrounding pollution was misleading.

    Authorities also claim the situation isn’t as bad as it may seem. They say strong currents in the bay mean the sailing areas are clean enough for swimming.

    GARBAGE PROBLEM

    The health warning follows the news last week that while garbage-free water at venues is not guaranteed at least sailing competitors can expect a “fair” tournament.

    Brazilian authorities have been quick to reassure competitors that the bay, which is staging the sailing and windsurfing contests, will not be affected by massive pollution.

    However concerns were raised that fast, light boats or windsurfers could run into floating garbage or even snag a plastic bag, getting slowed down or knocked out of the race.

    This comes on top of concerns raised surrounding bacteria in the sewage-laden waters.

    Andre Correa, the Rio state secretary for the environment, said new barriers aimed to prevent the flow of garbage into the bay and thought competitors won’t have any trouble.

    “There is no bay in the world with no rubbish. Is there a chance we’ll have some problem?’ he told AFP last week.

    “There is a very small chance, but it can’t be ignored. It’s not impossible. But I am very optimistic that we can guarantee a fair regatta.”

    Mr Correa said the barriers, placed across 17 principal rivers, aim to stop 85 per cent of garbage running into the bay.

    Regular boaters and clean-up crews on Guanabara report finding everything from dead animals to floating televisions and refrigerators, in addition to masses of plastic bottles and bags.

    SUPER BACTERIA

    While cleaning up rubbish from the waterways is easier, getting rid of toxins and bacteria remains a far bigger challenge.

    An estimated half of the sewage emitted by the roughly nine million people living around Guanabara Bay is not treated.

    Mr Correa insisted that strong currents in the bay meant that the sailing areas were clean enough for swimming, even if other areas are filthy.

    “Water quality has never been a worry of mine for the Olympics,” he said.

    Only the raw sewage that until recently was gushing into the marina where the sailing boats start posed a risk, he said, and that has been addressed. “For the last month the water quality has been good,” he said.

    In their winning bid to host the Olympics, Rio de Janeiro officials had promised to reduce pollution by 80 per cent.

    However, earlier this month alarm bells rang after scientists found a group of drug-resistant bacteria in Rio’s waters.

    Called Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, the bacteria can cause meningitis, pulmonary gastrointestinal urinary tract and bloodstream infections.

    Raw sewage which is dumped into the ocean has been cited as the likely cause of the bacteria which has been detected in the city’s beaches.

    Such super bacteria is a particular risk for those with compromised immune systems.

    SAFETY CONCERNS

    Rio organisers have been plagued by a series of concerns, not least of all pollution, with crime and safety of athletes and visitors also coming under the spotlight.

    Yesterday Today show reporter Christine Ahern revealed how she and her cameraman were approached by would-be thieves just an hour after arriving in Rio.

    Ahern and her cameraman were almost mugged by a group of “transvestites” near Copacabana Beach but were saved after a quick-thinking security guard intervened.

    The reporter told 3AW the city definitely had an edgy feel to it and tourists needed to have their wits about them.

    Then earlier this week New Zealand Jiu-Jitsu competitor Jason Lee said he was kidnapped by men in police uniform who forced him to withdraw cash from ATMs.

    Lee, who has been living in Rio for the past 10 months, was later released by the group revealing how sad it was locals and tourists had to put up with this “bull****” daily."


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    It is going to be a disaster. I continue to hear multiple reports how bad the conditions are.
    I feel for the athletes. ..do not go.
     
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    "Australian Athletes Refuse to Stay in Olympic Village Over Issues Like 'Blocked Toilets'

    Roughing it in Rio. Australian athletes are refusing to stay in the rooms that have been assigned to them at the Olympic Village in Brazil for the upcoming Summer Games.

    The Australian Olympic Committee said on Sunday that the housing is not acceptable, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Olympians were supposed to move in that night, but are instead staying at nearby hotels.

    "For over a week now, AOC staff have been working long hours to get our section of the village ready for our athletes," team manager Kitty Chiller said in a statement. "Problems include blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean. In operations areas, water has come through the ceiling, resulting in large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring."

    The committee tested some of the apartments on Saturday but were disappointed by the results. The building couldn't handle the simultaneous usage of multiple toilets and outlets.

    "The system failed," Chiller continued. "Water came down walls; there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments; and there was shorting in the electrical wiring."


    This isn't the first Olympics to face backlash over poor living conditions. In 2014, the Twitter hashtag #SochiProblems was created during the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia when journalists revealed their hilarious hotel experiences. Some of the problems included no heat or Internet, no reception area or lobby, and yellow water.

    The Rio Olympics have been surrounded by controversy for a few months now — and the Games haven't even started yet. Many athletes, including golfers Rory McIIroy and Dustin Johnson, have pulled out over Zika concerns. Last month, the governor of Rio de Janeiro also declared a state of financial emergency and asked for support to avoid a collapse in health, education and public security infrastructure, among other services."

    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity...ld-trump-in-dnc-speech-he-has-no-clue-w431384


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    Protesters stole and extinguished the Olympic torch yesterday:



     
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    This olympics is really like the Hunger Games, a bunch of people are starving and they spent billions for swimming and bicycle races.
     
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    Are they going back to Athens, Greece to re-ignite the flame?
     
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    I don't want to hear any athlete bitch and moan about the conditions in Rio. Everything is well advertised what a total shithole it is going to be far and wide.
     
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    titds or gtfrot
     
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    Fucking filthy country. They should never have allowed them to bid.
     
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    since the world is officially crazy now, Ill propose a plan. Get rid of the fucking Olympics.
    and if you must have them, pick a dozen or so safe and normal places that have hosted before, and go there.
    Or make the athletes swim in shit. Some how I can predict what they'll do next.
     
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    Make sure what ever you catch there you bring back to the U.S.
     
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    Relax, everything will be ok, the swimmers can just shut their mouths, spit out those condoms.
    The important thing is the Olympics people got paid

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    Having a medal is so important. It will look good with Hep C.
     
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    why did anyone need to tell them that.
     
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    This is going to be the greatest Olympic games since ... Mexico City!
     
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    What a shit hole. I bet athletes will come back home saying that they were overjoyed that they only got the zika virus and not cholera. :yay:
     
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    I just want to say to the Olympic Selection Committee on their choice of givng the Games to Rio:

    Excellent choice! You clearly did your due diligence and obviously didn't accept any bribes from the Brazilian government.

    Note to self: stay away from Brazil - it's a corrupt shithole.
     
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    They should make projectile vomiting an Olympic sport.
     
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    They did, but the Russians tested positive for ipecac. :artiejj: