Ick! Algae Bloom Threatens Olympic Event

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CBNNews.com -- An unexpected infestation is threatening to cancel another Olympic event.

A vast algae bloom has infiltrated the waters where the Olympic sailing competition is supposed to be held.

"We almost think of it as land," said Carrie Howe, a member of the U.S. team and her three-person squad's unofficial algae remover.

It is caused by pollution in the water.

Some 10,000 workers have been called in to clean it up.

Athletes training in the area say it smells like rotting fish.

It's "a green nightmare," said Andreas Kosuratopoulos of the Greek Team.

"It's a crazy sight to see," said another athlete. "When we're out there we see algae the size of football fields. It's interfering with the training, and it's giving the athletes anxiety about what's going to happen."

Already, 170 tons have been cleared away. Olympic officials say the algae poses no health threat and that it should all be cleaned up later this month.

"We all need to pitch in," said Gao Shaofan, a massage parlor employee who was stuffing the algae into plastic sacks with her co-workers. "This is the worst it's ever been that we know."

Source: The Associated Press

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