Athletes competing in the 2016 Olympics will be battling more than just each other. With only months to go, Rio’s venues are still a hazard.
A new report from the Associated Press reveals that the water pollution in Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic venues is a lot worse than previously believed — a whopping 1.7 million times a safe level.
Tests showed that the virus levels in waters that will host events like sailing, canoeing, and rowing are dangerously high. In August, a German rower contracted a flesh-eating disease while competing in Guanabara Bay, and 38 others got sick. Now, Olympians are planning to go to great lengths to keep themselves from getting sick during a competition.
Jarring video of the venues shows what these athletes will be up against.
Story by Tony Manfred and editing by Kristen Griffin
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