Rio’s sewage-filled waters are not only a problem for next year’s Olympics.
Organizers of Brazil’s stop on the World Surf League hope to move their event from a beach at Barra da Tijuca to a clean beach further west.
The Rio suburb of Barra da Tijuca is the main venue area for South America’s first Olympics. Though surfing isn’t an Olympic event, Rio’s water pollution is also causing health concerns for the sport.
During the World Surf League event in May, top surfers like American Kelly Slater complained about falling ill because of the contaminated water.
Rio event organizer Teco Padaratz told The Associated Press that “Rio’s water pollution cannot go on like this. Surfers love Rio. No one wants to leave. All they want is clean water.”