IOC President sees no special worries for Rio Olympics

By the athletic-style party on the beach of Rio de Janeiro on August 4, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach wanted to tell the media that he had no special worries for the Rio Olympics one year later and the polluted waters would be fine by then.

Rio is scheduled to celebrate the “one year to go” for the Rio Games on August 5, with Bach’s attendance.

(Soundbite) Thomas Bach, IOC President
“This is organizing Olympic Games. This is very complex. But yet the organizing committee has done a great job in the last year, and now I think they will continue.”
However, privately-commissioned tests of the water quality where athletes will be competing revealed last week a high level of disease-causing viruses.

(Soundbite) Thomas Bach, IOC President
“Everything is going in the right direction. It (the water) has to be monitored closely. In one year from now, I think we would see great competition.”

The waters along Rio’s Atlantic coast, including the Guanabara Bay where sailing events will be held, have been polluted for years and successive governments have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to clean it but to no much avail.
Now, Bach has to join the battle, which he has showed confidence to win but doubts are sure to linger.

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