The official opening for the Rio Olympics 2016 is near. However, the question on the athletes’ safety remains a concern. This issue bothers swimmers like Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky from the US.
Experts revealed disturbing results based from the series of tests conducted on the waters in the country. It was proven that the swimmers only needed to swallow three teaspoons of the Brazilian waters to suffer infectious diseases.
Generally speaking, the athletes’ exposure to these waters might end their Olympic journey with severe illnesses if infected.
Obviously, those games exposed to water contact such as swimming, rowing, or even the beach volleyball in Copacabana were considered prone to these hazards.
The reports mentioned there will be an expected 1,400 athletes from different countries around the globe at risk.
The locations where high contamination and possibly contain dangerously high levels of viruses were noted. These are the venues of the aquatic Olympic and Paraympic venues.
Dr. Valerie Harwood, chair of the Department of Integrative Biology in University of South Florida, emphasized that these kinds of viruses packed in these waters were unheard in the American waters.
These pathogens can cause severe consequences to athletes any time at the highest level possible. This will happen if preventive measures were not properly implemented.
These included taking antibiotics, bleaching oars and donning plastic suits as well as gloves to lessen the body’s exposure to the water.
That being said, big names in water sports like swimming such as Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky from the United States were expected to be in danger.
They earlier confirmed their active participation in Rio Olympics 2016 next week. Both of them will represent the US in 4x100m swimming relay category.
Ledecky will also play for 4×200 freestyle relay, USA Today noted. As anticipated from the two, they could land in the second place or first, if they’re fortunate enough.
However, this quest will remain questionable as far as the health is concerned. Brazil’s continuous battle against their sewage problem became a hurdle until now.
In fact, according to Marco Moscatelli, the country has not resolved this issue since years.
By next week, it’s anticipated to witness hundreds of athletes including Phelps and prone to these pathogenic viruses.
If these precautions were not properly implemented, expecting sick athletes at the end of Rio Olympics 2016 is predicted. Hopefully, they will be safe and sound until the Olympic ends in August 21.
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