Olympic Pool Closed Due To Green Water That ‘Smells Like A Fart’

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Days after one of the pools turned green in Rio, Olympic officials have closed the diving pool this morning after a few athletes complained about having “itchy eyes”.

British diver Tom Daley broke the news and expressed concern about having spent time in the pool.

The pool has slowly been turning greener and greener throughout the week and it appears that it is now releasing a foul odor.

Organizers have differing explanations as what to caused the water to turn green, one official said it was the change in alkalinity while another said that an algae bloom was the culprit.

Mario Andrada, the communication director for the Rio 2016 local organizing committee, says a sudden change in alkalinity is the culprit.
“We expect the color to be back to blue soon,” Andrada said, adding there is “absolutely no risk to the athletes or anybody.”

Nope, the green tone seen was due to a proliferation of algae, the organizing body said. The algae bloomed because of heat and lack of wind, it said.

God, what a mess.

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[USA TODAY, Washington Post]

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