Olympic Games are usually a reason for a host city to clean up and improve the infrastructure. Apparently there is just too much to clean up for Rio de Janeiro.
The city will host the 2016 Summer Olympics from August 5 to August 21. There is a big issue in Rio with polluted water, especially the Guanabara Bay outside Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport has been in the news as early as two years ago. It is going to be a site for water events including sailing.
A new AP report raised attention again to the polluted Rio waters. The former CEO of World Sailing says that he was fired for trying to get rid of Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue.
The Sailing World has released a statement today saying that they are surprised by the comments of Peter Sowrey. The World Sailing continues to work in close partnership with the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee to ensure that the venue is suitable to provide an outstanding Olympic Sailing Competition.
It is not clear what the current pollution status is. The visible garbage is not the biggest problem. The invisible pollution in the water is what can be more dangerous to the health of athletes.
Mike Greeny from ESPN’s Mike & Mike bring it to the point here.
Greeny managed to get #RioWaters to be the top trending hashtag on Twitter, but as Greeny says in his emotional speech, it is likely to late to change.
The pollution of oceans is not just Rio’s problem. The Oceans are suffer from pollution around the globe. In Rio are now cameras on the pollution. Maybe this helps that humankind is finally getting their act together and save our oceans.