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Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Rio de Janerio mess - Olympic committee could've picked Chicago

When Rio was selected to host the 2016, Summer Olympic Games, the competing proposal was the City of Chicago, in Illinois. Nevertheless, in their infinetly weird wisdom, the Olympic Committee selected the popular Rio de Janerio site, regardless of the Brazilian's questionable ability to produce a sustainablity plan, other than to say they would somehow get their city ready. Meanwhile, there are numerous issues, some people aren't being paid, the promised environmental clean up won't be completed as planned and, then, the Zika virus came, putting at risk the health of thousands of people.
Rio de Janerio Olympic logo but it could've been Chicago Illinois

So, in retrospect, the Olympic Committee fell victim to the Rio de Janerio charm and now may certainly have "winning bid regret".

Now, another glitch:
'Super bacteria' discovered in Rio's waters as Olympics near

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)
A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off of some of Rio de Janeiro's most stunning beaches, one month before the city is due to host the 2016 Olympic Games. According to lead researcher Renata Picao, the "super bacteria" entered the city's waterways when sewage coming from local hospitals got channeled into the bay.

"We have been looking for 'super bacteria' in coastal waters during a one-year period in five beaches," Picao told CNN during a visit to her lab. "We found that the threats occur in coastal waters in a variety of concentrations and that they are strongly associated with pollution."
The news comes as Rio prepares to host hundreds of thousands of athletes and tourists during next month's Summer Olympics.
Among the beaches flagged were Flamengo and Botafogo, which border the bay where Olympic sailors are scheduled to compete.
"It's a nice sailing area but every time you get some water in your face, it feels like there's some alien enemy entering your face," German Paralympic sailor Heiko Kroger said during a recent visit to Rio. "I keep my nose and my lips closed."

Kroger believes the super bacteria may have caused a severe skin infection in one of his teammates during recent training. 'I don't take my children to these beaches'.

Picao believes the city's "fragile" sanitation infrastructure is responsible for the presence of the super bacteria.

"This bacteria colonizes the intestine and it goes along with feces to the hospital sewage," Picao said. "We believe that hospital sewage goes into municipal sewage and gets to the Guanabara Bay or to other rivers and finally gets to the beach."

According to Rio's water utility, Cedae, the criteria established by the World Health Organization have been followed.

"Fifty one percent of the city's sewage is now treated," production director Edes de Oliveira told CNN. "Seven years ago it was only 11 percent."

Despite concerns, neither Picao nor international Olympic authorities recommend moving the sailing venue.

After this bad decision by the Olympic Committee, to pick Rio over Chicago, it's not surprising that, it's likely, no American city will try to compete again, or at least, not for a long-long time.

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