RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The controversy over the pollution of the sea and lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, which host several water sports competitions at the 2016 Olympic Games, continues with new data collected by Associated Press. The samples taken in the new test show heavy pollution of the city’s waters with bacteria and viruses causing several diseases.
Associated Press ordered a test of Rio’s waters after allegations of pollution at Guanabara Bay, the site for the Olympic windsurfing and sailing competitions, and the Lagoa, where the rowing competition will take place, continued to make rounds in international media.
AP tested 37 samples of the waters at the Bay, the Lagoa, Copacabana beach where the triathletes will swim, and popular beach Ipanema. They searched for human adenovirus, rotavirus, enterovirus and fecal coliform bacteria.