A 16 month long study, commissioned by The Associated Press, has concluded that the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever; contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria.
It's not just the athletes who are at risk of getting violently ill in
water competitions, but the AP's tests indicate that tourists also face
potentially serious health risks on the golden beaches of Ipanema and
Experts have advised athletes who compete in the water not to put their heads under the water. That advice sounds equally applicable to all no athletes who find themselves in the water.
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