Waters Of Guanabara Bay

With the Rio Olympics ready to begin in a few days, most teams that are participating in the world sailing category are either on their way to the event or are sitting at home, hoping to prepare for the next Olympic event that will come up next year.


With the Rio Olympics ready to begin in a few days, most teams that are participating in the world sailing category are either on their way to the event or are sitting at home, hoping to prepare for the next Olympic event that will come up next year.

Hence, the best seafarers of the world are unfurling their sails and moving towards the competition destination Rio de Janeiro. The competition is not only against different teams, but there would be other challenges that the sailors would have to battle.

It is said that the Guanabara Bay has polluted, murky waters which has floating garbage as well as sewage and bacteria that pollute these waters. For those who have been preparing to be part of this Olympic event has already realized the settings and conditions in which the races would be held.

For the spectators who are turning their views to the Olympic grounds today would be realizing for the first time that the Guanabara Bay, setting for the different sailing games, is actually no scenic space as it has been polluted for decades by the refuse and sewage water from Rio city.

According to Plain Sailing, yhe Zika virus as well as other kinds of bacteria and viruses has a breeding ground in these waters. At the time when Rio was given the opportunity host the Olympics in 2009, the city officials had stated that they would make the bay sparkling by the time the Olympics is due.

However, they have not admitted that clearing the waters would take about 20 years, a near impossible feat. In order to reduce the pollution levels the authorities have set up eco barriers that act as artificial sieves and rubbish collection has been in progress in order to clear the waters before the Games begin.