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Rio’s sewage-filled Olympic
site getting tested

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Toledo, 5/20/2014 8:45:17 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO — Sailing’s governing body may conduct independent water-quality tests in Rio de Janeiro’s polluted Guanabara Bay, the sailing venue for the 2016 Olympics and the site of Rio’s first test event in 2½ months. Any hope Brazil would be able to clean up the sewage-filled bay soon was quashed in a document obtained by The Associated Press over the weekend. In a May 7 letter to sports minister Aldo Rebelo, Rio’s state environment secretary Carlos Francisco Portinho acknowledged in a best-case scenario that pollution flowing into the bay could be cut to “over 50 percent” — well below the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: miceal, 5/20/2014 8:57:31 AM     (No. 9855168)

Whomever decided to award the 2016 Olympics "here" needs to have their heads examined. Oh, same goes for the upcoming World Cup.....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: envirodude, 5/20/2014 9:33:33 AM     (No. 9855216)

And if not for the EPA, the US would be the same

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Kendet1946, 5/20/2014 9:36:09 AM     (No. 9855219)

Last year, a friend traveled to Brazil for a tour. She told me the whole country was disgustingly dirty; trash everywhere. She wasn´t going back.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 5/20/2014 10:22:50 AM     (No. 9855284)

The IOC and FIFA are learning a hard lesson. As much as they want to "spread the wealth" around, the only countries that can pull these events off are so-called 1st World countries.

Unfortunately it will be the deep-pocketed US who will need to rescue these events through increased sponsorship and TV costs.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 5/20/2014 11:50:18 AM     (No. 9855398)

You couldn´t pay for my trip there.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: killerbee, 5/20/2014 11:54:29 AM     (No. 9855403)

#4: I was just going to say something similar. The US is most likely going to come to the rescue to help them clean up their act. I mean, what country wants their athletes coming home with hepatitis and typhoid? Didn´t we have enough health (and wolf) scares with Russia?

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