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Water pollution plagues Rio ahead of 2016 Olympics; IOC upset

Rio de Janeiro, the capital of Brazil which is all set to hold the 2016 Olympics is under pressure due to the ongoing water pollution.

The Guanabara Bay that will hold the sailing events is yet to be cleared off the trash and untreated sewage.

According to euronews, Rio state government had promised to clear at most 80 percent of the bay, however in March they admitted to failing to meet the pledge that was a key aspect of their bid process.

The same report has added that local officials are now focusing in clearing off the parts of the bay that will be used for the sailing events. Although the Rio 2016 organizing committee has already confirmed that those areas are safe.

The report also talks about the menace of the littered bay that the sailors had to face during the test event earlier this year where they had to steer around thrown furniture and dead bodies of animal, making them term the bay to be “an open sewer.”

In the same report, Thomas Bach, president of IOC (International Olympic Committee) said, “The IOC executive board is watching this situation very closely and we are expecting more information and more reports by the time of our next meeting, next month in Kuala Lumpur.”

He added, “We can see significant progress, at the same time we have asked the organizing committee to convey our concerns with regard to the issues of the water quality we are still facing in Rio.”

In the same report, he said that he is “not an expert in water pollution” to tell when will the goal of clearing off the bay be achievable.

“These experts are telling us it is still achievable to have these competitions in safe water conditions and we have been advised today from the local organizing committee that this advice has not changed,” he added.

The 2016 Rio Olympics will mark the first time the international event being held in South America.


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