Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic organising committee Sports Director Koji Murofushi drinks a cup of water during a news conference on the water quality survey for an Olympics venue, in Tokyo, Japan October 4, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers said Wednesday that tests showed levels of E. Coli up to 20 times above the accepted limit and fecal coliform bacteria seven times higher than agreed at the planned venue for marathon swimming and triathlon.E. Coli tested as high as 5,300 per 100 ml, compared with the International Triathlon Union's ceiling of 250 per 100 ml, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and Tokyo Metropolitan Government said in a statement.Tokyo officials laid much of the blame on a near-record 21 straight days of rain in August, saying the water quality at Odaiba varies significantly depending on the weather, and expressed confidence they could control the situation.Tokyo officials also said they were working to increase the storage capacity of a Tokyo Bay sewage treatment facility.
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