Rio de Janeiro | A Danish Olympic sailor claimsÂ to have become pregnant after falling in the waters ofÂ the Guanabara Bay, where the sailing competitions will take place next week.
Alvilda Jensen arrived on July 12 to familiarize herself with the local sailing conditions.Â Undergoing her last medical exam before participating in theÂ womenâ€™s triathlon on Saturday,Â she learned that she was pregnant.
The 27-year old athlete claims she didnâ€™t have sex over the last three months, and believes her that her pregnancy was caused by the presence of sperm in the polluted water.
â€œI went to sail the first day I was here, and there were lots of condoms and syringes floating on the water.Â It was really disgusting!â€ she told reporters. â€œIt reallyÂ disturbed me to see all the trash, so IÂ lost my concentration and fell in the water. I knew thatÂ the waterÂ could make me sick, but I never expected to become pregnant!â€
The coastal waters around Rio de Janeiro has been contaminated with raw sewage and a large number of pathogensÂ are lurking there and make people ill, experts say.
Spermatozoa can also survive up to twelve hours in water,Â which makesÂ it possible to fall pregnant when swimming in water filled with â€œlots of condomsâ€, but the probabilities are â€œextremely lowâ€.