The news from Rio is likely to surprise no one in the world of international sports: The water around the city that’s hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic Games is worse than we thought.
Sailors, rowers, canoeists and open-water swimmers, beware. Only a few of you will win medals, but it’s possible that by simply competing you will leave Brazil having been exposed to viruses and bacteria. Congratulations and have a nice time.
The Associated Press is reporting that tests it commissioned of the Rio Olympic waters found they are more widely contaminated by sewage than previously known. A person exposed to this water could develop a host of debilitating flu-like symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea and fever.
As unacceptable as this situation is, it’s not new, and we might as well get used to it. This is what happens when the Olympic world turns…