Here's Why Rio's Olympic Diving Pool Turned Green
BY GINA MEI | Aug 12, 2016 | Fitness & Health
Earlier this week, the diving pool at the Rio Olympics mysteriously turned an alarming shade of green—and no one was able to explain why.
Ermmm...what happened?! pic.twitter.com/pdta7EpP2k— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) August 9, 2016
Unsurprisingly, those who had to compete in the water weren't too pleased by its mysterious new colour, but after being assured that it was safe to swim in, the venue's previously scheduled events continued as normal.
By Wednesday, however, the colour had begun spreading, and the pool used for water polo and synchronised swimming had also started to go from blue to green. Now, officials claim that the reason for the pools' new colour is "a proliferation of algae" caused by "a sudden decrease in [its] alkalinity."
"The reason for the unusual water colour observed during the Rio 2016 diving competitions is that the water tanks ran out some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process," FINA, the international federation of swimming, told Mashable.
"As a result the pH level of the water was outside the usual range, causing the discolouration," they continued. "The FINA Sport Medicine Committee conducted tests on the water quality and concluded that there was no risk to the health and safety of the athletes, and no reason for the competition to be affected."
According to The Washington Post, they've already started treating the water in hopes it will be as good as new ASAP—but it appears that whatever treatment they've used has caused a whole new host of problems for athletes. Quite a few water polo players have already complained that their eyes began burning because they've put "so much chlorine in [the pools] that people can't see," according to The Washington Post.
While officials were unable to confirm the exact method they'd used to treat the water, it appears that at this time, aquatic competitors are just going to have to deal with the burn if they want to win the gold.