IOC Confident of ‘Clean’ Rio Games
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.