The World Cup is ending, and Brazil is getting ready to host the next big event in sports: the Olympic Games in 2016. It may be too far in the future, but preparations need to start as early as possible.
After Five Years
The situation is definitely stressful, as the committees in charge are facing problems as early as today. The Guanabara Bay will be the site of the sailing competition in 2016, but it is a dump. Sailors who surveyed the site had to dodge garbage, toxic waste, and even floating dog carcasses.
In their initial pitch, the city promised the Olympic Committee that the bay would be 80% clean by the time the games start. Mayor Eduardo Paes, however, recently admitted that the cleanup will not meet its target. He apologised for the massive setback in a press conference.
Instead of using the entire bay, the organisers designed a new route that brings sailors to the “cleaner” parts of the water. This will keep them from running into debris, and the sight of unsavoury waters. It is difficult to say what effect this news will have on Brazil as a tourist destination.
A Disgusting Dump
It is hard to imagine the level of pollution an area is subjected to for a two year clean up to fail. The problem, according to hygiene services authority cleanairuk.co.uk, is not the pollution that is in the water right now; the real issue is the continuous act of pollution.
It is impossible to clean anything if someone else keeps dumping filth on it. The bay is presently nothing more than a sewage dump. It hosts millions of litres of untreated sludge every day, and the authorities can’t seem to put a stop to it.
There have been efforts to clean the bay for decades, each one ending in disappointment for one reason or another. Mismanagement, allegations of corruption, political rivalries, faction infighting, and even organised protests have all stopped the Guanabara revival dead in its tracks.
This is a problem that not only Brazil faces; it is a worldwide concern. There should be a thorough effort from all sectors to ensure a cleaner air and to eradicate the pollution problem in the planet.