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Would you sail in raw sewage for the chance to get an Olympic medal?
None of that is true.
The local government and organizers have repeatedly denied the problem, mentioned that the pollution level is acceptable and it will all be cleaned up before the games...:
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I'm sure she was paid a hefty sum to come out with these statements. The Olympics are fast becoming a sham.


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What part of it is not true? Just askin'

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None of that is true.
The local government and organizers have repeatedly denied the problem, mentioned that the pollution level is acceptable and it will all be cleaned up before the games...:
Notice the laughing emoji at the end of the post.

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Didn't notice that until you mentioned it, Mike. Having been to that particular area many years ago, the waters were filthy way back then, and I'm fairly confident that they've done nothing to alleviate the situation.

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The entire area is a toxic sewer. They say they have controlled bacterial loads to safe levels, but viral loads are something like 2 million times what's considered safe. One sailor already had to be hospitalized and have his muscle scrapped to remove putrid flesh.

Right now everyone who is exposed to the water is going to extrodinary steps to prevent infection. Decontamination showers as soon as they get off the water, dry suits, taking anti-vitals as a preventative measure. Even given all this they are expecting to get sick, and just hope they are done competing before symptoms show up.

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I don't know why Rio doesn't move the sailing events to the lovely town of B˙zios, just up the coast a little. It's close enough to Rio and there is already a tradition of hosting sailing events. Also, the wind is much more reliable there (Rio is not a windy place). Pollution in the Baia de Guanabara notwithstanding, the city of Rio will manage to host the olympics with flair, although at the expense of the Olympic Committee's nerves...

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When I last sailed into Rio in 1999 there was a polution and garbage slick 100nms off the coast.

Copacabana beach has ORANGE waves crashing on it and not one person was in swimming.

Whose fault is it? YOURS! All the 'western' countries have been bleating about global warming but let the big offerenders off: China, India, Brazil and all Asia.

The cleanest countries in the world are the USA, Australia, UK and Europe (western) but we are the people who complain about ourselves when its the rest of the world wrecking it.

OK, off my soap box!!

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Sorry Mark, but Copacabana doesn't have orange waves (at least the days you're not there). Most of the beaches outside the bay (like Copacabana) are fine for swimming. The water is checked daily and they post the beaches that are not fit for swimming. Rio has a problem with pollution, no doubt, but it's not as bad as the media claims (like always with media). I doubt they will tackle the water quality issue before the games, which is why I suggested B˙zios.

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