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Summer games in toxic waters

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>> Body parts, superbugs, and human feces. Just among some of the things found in the various open waters of Rio where swimmers, sailors, and rowers will be competing for Olympic gold. The World Health Organization has advised athletes to cover cuts and grazes with waterproof plaster and avoid swallowing water.
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Reuters photographer Carlos Barria will be covering some of these aquatic sports and getting ready for his own triathlon race after the Olympics.>> I'm not trying to drink the water and to be careful. Yeah there are risks, but I have to keep training. So I'm taking my chances.
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>> The problem is Rio's open sewage. Around the Olympic venues, you can smell it and it flows into the waters. Some studies have also found antibiotic resistant bacteria called superbugs in the lagoon and the top beaches including where Carlos is swimming. I'm Reuters' Jane Lanhee Lee here at the Olympic Park.
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The problem isn't just the open waters. Now we're hearing about dirty water in the swimming pools. A Reuters' photographer setting up a camera at the bottom of the diving pool told me he saw a sanitary pad, plastic ties, and some brown stuff. The Australians, who have been vocal about the bad facilities here, have also demanded that the warm-up pool at the Rio Aquatic Center get cleaned up.
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Much of the filth collects in the Guanabara Bay, right next to the picturesque Copacabana beach, where marathon swimmers will compete. So what can they expect?>> There was a couple of storms the days before so the water was less clear than today. Today was pretty good. I mean I can see fish and stuff on the bottom.
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I'm definitely not going to swim in the Guanabara Bay. But all these beaches kinda out in the outsides many people say it was the same, but I guarantee you it's not the same. I came from the airport, and that water smelled really bad.>> Carlos is right. I fell in the water filming him, but the waters of Copacabana felt great as long as you ignore what you can't see.