Official Jumps Into Rio's Waters to Prove They're OK for Olympics

There are big plans for Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay for the 2016 Summer Olympics, where the sailing events will take place. But with a year and a half until the games, criticism is falling on planners and authorities for not taking the necessary steps to clean up the notoriously polluted bay. That's why André Correa, Brazil's environmental secretary, jumped into the bay on live TV on Globo's Fantástico, a week after the program reported on the extent of water pollution in Rio. Critics are concerned polluted water could be harmful to Olympians health, and floating trash could interfere with the competition. The International Sailing Federation has warned that the sailing regattas of the Olympics could be moved, perhaps to the open ocean, but the government has said the sailing course can avoid the worst pollution in the bay.



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