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Rio Olympics Guanabara Bay still a concern ahead of games

Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes remains concerned about the water quality in Guanabara Bay, but not because of the Olympics.

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Guanabara Bay still a concern ahead of Rio Olympics

(Omni Sports)

Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes remains concerned about the water quality in Guanabara Bay, but not because of the Olympics.

The bay has been heavily criticised and, with the Olympic Games exactly one year away, the pollution and water quality are still a worry.

Paes said the sailors would have no problems, his worries were more with the people of Rio.

"The issues regarding the Bay of Guanabara are the responsibility of the Guanabara Bay," he said on Wednesday.

"But in this area, where will have the sailing competitions, is an area much nicer than other areas in this bay that are further back - because you have an exchange of water. So, the pressure is good enough.

"It is important that the people of Rio de Janeiro sort this dilemma out. It still has sewage dump, which is very bad.

"We are not worried about the Olympics, but we are worried about our reputation. Sorry for being selfish.

"I am not worried about the sailors - they are protected - but about people of Rio de Janeiro, who always need to use the bay, and those who are here and here to stay."

Head of the Rio local organising committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, said the Games would be a dream for Brazil.

"One year before the Games, and right now we still have dream," he said.

"We can mark this, and will have with us the president of IOC [Thomas Bach], who will speak here and lead the ceremony.

"I would like to invite all the 206 nations, because now there will be 206 counties competing with the admission of Sudan that the Olympic Committee have accepted. So, we have a record number of countries here, ahead of the Games.

"The Games have already started, we've had test events, and we will have more throughout this year and the next.

"The objective of this is to see what need to be fixed, and what needs to be changed. But the main reason is to bring Brazilian athletes and foreign athletes together for them to share their opinions on what needs to be better."

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