Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

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Getty Images has published a fresh set of photos from the heavily polluted Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro—which is the site chosen for water sports at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. The photos are frankly shocking, as the iconic bay will be the site of sailing events during the summer Olympic Games.

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Although Rio's Olympic bid included a promise to clean up the filthy bay, industrial and human pollution still remain a major problem. According to the Deputy State Secretary of Environment, just 34% of Rio's sewage is treated while the remainder flows untreated into the waters. They have only two years to clean up this terrible mess.

Debris sits along the Guanabara Bay outside Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport

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A dead fish floats in the water

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Kids play by the shoreline

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Fishing and industrial boats

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Bubbles rise in the polluted waters

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Kids play in the filthy water

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An airplane lands above the polluted shoreline

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A man boats on a dirty inlet of the Guanabara Bay

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Household garbage

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Waves wash up trash along the shoreline

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Hazardous waste floats on the surface of the water

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An olympic sailing qualifier was held in Guanabara Bay on January 11 – looks okay from the distance

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ChrisM9999
ChrisM9999

Everyone outside the Olympic Committee knew Rio was destined to be a disaster. That Samaranch gamed and cajoled the voters to ensure Chicago was eliminated in the first round was criminal.