IOC Con­fi­dent of ‘Clean’ Rio Games

The Economic Times - - Sports -

The Rio Games will be safe for ath­letes de­spite con­cerns over pol­luted wa­ter, the head of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee said on Wed­nes­day. Bi­ol­o­gists said in 2014 that rivers lead­ing into Rio’s Gua­n­abara bay con­tained su­per-bac­te­ria that are re­sis­tant to an­tibi­otics and can cause uri­nary, gas­troin­testi­nal and pul­monary in­fec­tions. The clean­ing of its pol­luted wa­ters was a key part of Rio’s bid pledge for Sum­mer Games “We are very con­fi­dent that the com­pe­ti­tion area for the ath­letes will of­fer safe and fair con­di­tions,” IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach told re­porters. “The city, the state and the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee are un­der­tak­ing many ef­forts and what we see now is that 60 per­cent of the sur­face is clean. With­out the Games it would be zero.” Dur­ing bid­ding, the city said it would cut the amount sewage flow­ing into the bay by 80 per cent but has since con­firmed it will not be able to do it.

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