RIO DE JANEIRO (CBSNewYork/AP) — Olympic officials are trying to determine if a kayaker capsized in Rio’s polluted waters after reportedly hitting a sofa.
Sky Sports’ Paul Kelso tweeted Friday that he was “hearing an Olympic kayaker may have capsized after hitting a submerged sofa.”
Apparently, furniture floating in Guanabara Bay — the venue for Olympic sailing and open-water events — is not a new thing, as Getty Images snapped this shot of a sofa on the edge of the bay earlier this month.
Not to be outdone, this couch was photographed floating in the bay in 2014.
The Times’ Martyn Ziegler reported that officials are looking into the alleged incident.
“Breaking: Rio2016 to investigate reports of #kayaksofa. Spokesman Mario Andrada says first he’s heard of it,” Ziegler tweeted.
And of course, someone took it upon themselves to create a “Kayak Sofa” Twitter account.
A 16-month long independent analysis by The Associated Press has shown the rowing venue — and other water venues used by 1,400 athletes in the Olympics — is teeming with dangerous viruses from human sewage that could cause athletes to become ill.
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