Something May Smell At Next Year’s Olympics

I am a big fan of the Summer Olympic games. Not so big that I have a countdown clock installed at my home for the date of the Opening Ceremonies in Brazil, but as the games get closer the excitement will start to build. And I’ll watch as many hours as I can—but with a day job, there are only so many hours in a day I can kick back and watch the games. It’s also one of the few events that even if I know the results before I get to the television, I’ll sit down to watch anyway.

I can’t say I’ve ever had a concern of the athletes getting sick or any health concerns heading into an Olympic games. But after reading this article at the Huffington Post, I have some concerns for the athletes competing in the water events.

"Brazilian Olympic Committee logo" by Brazilian Olympic Committee . Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
“Brazilian Olympic Committee logo” by Brazilian Olympic Committee . Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Didn’t anyone think that this might be a bad idea? I mean, if the virus levels in some of the waterways to be used for events are on a par with raw sewage, wouldn’t that be a problem? The country has a year to get this cleaned up…and according to the article, they may not make it in time. Of course, there was that whole “the stadiums won’t be finished in time for the World Cup” thing, and everything turned out fine. But this is far more serious. Lives may be at stake. No one should be put at a health risk while competing in an event that occurs every four years for their country.

Surely the International Olympic Committee raised a concern about this? Or was the cash under the table too much to resist? You may laugh, but the IOC, while not quite as corrupt as FIFA has been alleged to be, certainly has had its whispers about it too. The article also reports that eight treatment plants were promised to be built when Brazil campaigned for the games. To date, only one has been built. One treatment plant? In the whole country, or just in Rio?

There’s only one word that can be used to describe this: Ewwww. Certainly I, and many others, are hoping that this gets cleaned up, and fast. Where would they hold the water events if they can’t have them near the Olympic sites?

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