• Alois Jnabl of Austria exits the water during the men's triathlon ITU World Olympic Qualification Event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. The World Olympic Qualification is a test event for the Rio 2016 Olympics. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    IOC to order tests for viruses at Rio’s Olympic water venues

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The International Olympic Committee said Sunday it will order testing for disease-causing viruses in the sewage-polluted waters where athletes will compete in next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games.

  • Paratriathlete stands on the shore of the Copacabana Beach during a training session, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Brazilian government's data on water pollution in Rio de Janeiro show water near where triathletes are preparing to compete this weekend is "unfit" for swimming. The most recent pollution reading at Copacabana was taken from a sample this past Monday. An Olympic qualifier and Paratriathlon event begins Saturday, and several athletes were already getting into the water Friday morning. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    For athletes, Olympic goals outweigh the risks of Rio waters

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes have been dismissing the dangers of swimming in Rio de Janeiro’s dirty waters, saying the risks are not great enough to alter their Olympic plans.

  • In this April 28, 2015 photo, Fernando Spilki, virologist and coordinator of the environmental quality program at Feevale University, holds up a water sample, backdropped by the Marina da Gloria, Zone 2, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spilki said the tests he conducted for the Associated Press so far show that Rio's waters "are chronically contaminated." (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    AP Investigation: What’s in Rio’s water? AP explains tests

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sewage pollution has long been a problem for Rio de Janeiro, and officials promised they would use the 2016 Summer Olympics as the springboard to finally clean up this stunningly beautiful city’s waterways.

  • This July 27, 2015 aerial photo, shows Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Construction is underway on a project to cap a pipe that long spewed raw sewage into the marina, the starting place for the Olympic sailing events. Yet Associated Press testing of the marina's water quality found it laden with sewage viruses. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio’s filth

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

  • In this July 14, 2015 photo, beachgoers wade into the waters of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An Associated Press analysis of water quality found not one water venue safe for swimming or boating in Rio's waters. Over 10,000 athletes from 205 countries are expected to compete in next year's Summer Olympics. Hundreds of them will be sailing in the waters near Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay; swimming off Copacabana Beach; and canoeing and rowing on the brackish waters of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    AP Investigation: Dirty Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America’s first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, an Associated Press investigation has found.