The stinky business of the Rio Olympics

Who wants to go to Rio for the Olympics…to compete?!


KramerRemember that Seinfeld episode where Kramer swims in the East River and an onlooker mistakes him for a dead body on the grounds that no one would be stupid enough to swim in such fetid waters?

That’s next year’s Olympics.

Not to put too fine a point on it but nearly 1,400 sailors, rowers, kayakers, windsurfers, triathletes and marathon swimmers will be competing in a toilet.

The state of Rio’s waterways is no secret. Around 70 per cent of the crap people flush down their loos ends up in the water.

But even then, no one knew quite how bad the problem was till Associated Press did some viral testing. Not the International Olympic Committee or the International Sailing Federation, out of concern for their athletes’ health, but Associated Press.

The tests found waterborne viruses in concentrations similar to that found in raw sewage. Athletes in these events will literally…

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