Shocking Photos From the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

By Attila Nagy on at

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.

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 per cent 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

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

A dead fish floats in the water

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

Kids play by the shoreline

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

Fishing and industrial boats

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

Bubbles rise in the polluted waters

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

Kids play in the filthy water

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

An airplane lands above the polluted shoreline

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

A man boats on a dirty inlet of the Guanabara Bay

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

Househould rubbish

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

Waves wash-up litter

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

Hazardous waste floats on the surface

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Mario Tama/Getty Images


 

An olympic sailing qualifier held in Guanabara

Shocking Photos from the Water Sports Site of the Rio Olympics

Photo and caption: Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images