Tokyo Olympic organizers are scrambling to clean the local Odaiba Marine Park before its use as an official Olympic venue starting July 26 after local residents and Olympic athletes complained this week the park and its surrounding bay emit a “foul odor,” Australia’s Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.
“A foul odour has been reported at the swimming venue for triathletes and open water swimmers, raising concerns about elevated levels of the dangerous E-coli bacteria,” according to the newspaper.
“Heavy rain is forecast in Tokyo from July 27, which raises the risk of sewage leakage into the bay,” the Daily Telegraph added.
Water tests from Odaiba Marine Park periodically show high levels of E. coli due to the site’s location within the greater Tokyo Bay, which receives excess water runoff, including untreated sewage, during periods of heavy rainfall and flooding in the area.
“The bay water smells like a toilet,”