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Brazil government's recent data shows Olympic water 'unfit' for triathletes to swim

  • Paratriathletes swim in the waters of 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)

    Paratriathletes swim in the waters of 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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)

    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)  (The Associated Press)

  • A boy plays in the waters of Copacabana Beach 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)

    A boy plays in the waters of Copacabana Beach 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)  (The Associated Press)

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 designation is available on the website of the Rio de Janeiro state's environmental agency.

The most recent pollution reading was taken from a sample this past Monday. The environmental agency didn't respond to requests for comment.

The area that has been ruled unfit for swimming is near where an Olympic qualifier and Paratriathlon event begin Saturday. Athletes are already getting in the water as they prepare for the event.

The area has been deemed unfit on eight previous occasions this year.

On Thursday, The Associated Press released the results of a five-month investigation into Rio's waters. It showed that Olympic venues are rife with disease-causing viruses and bacteria.