Mayor: Rio will fail to keep pledge to clean bay
Rio mayor acknowledges city will fail to keep promise to clean polluted bay for 2016 Olympics
Associated Press
2014-06-08 06:01 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes says the city will fail to keep the promise of cleaning polluted Guanabara Bay for the 2016 Olympics.

The promise was made five years ago when Rio was awarded the games.

Olympic sailors have described the 2016 bay venue as a "sewer" with almost 70 percent of sewage going untreated into area waters.

Venues for rowing and distance swimming also face questions over water quality.

Paes argued on Saturday that the beleaguered games are on time and spending moderately. This comes despite repeated warnings by International Olympic Committee members that the games are at risk and the "worst" prepared in memory.

Paes said the delayed World Cup may have sewn mistrust in Rio's preparations.

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