Olympics: Rio takes 'Green Games' too far at dive pool

Olympics: Rio takes 'Green Games' too far at dive pool

Olympics: Rio takes 'Green Games' too far at dive pool

Organizers haven't exactly been clear as to why the water changed color.

In order to fix the problem, officials in Rio said they would pump more chemicals into it - which the U.S. team has now claimed is making it hard for them to see.

"There was a sudden decrease of alkalinity", said Games spokesman Mario Andrada.

FINA, the governing body for global aquatic sports has formally attributed the green plague affecting the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center in Rio to a chemical imbalance.

The 22-year-old diving star said he didn't know why the pool was green and joked that maybe "Shrek has been in the pool".

It's not easy being green, whether you're Kermit the frog or an Olympics diving pool.

Worldwide swimming body FINA said it supported the decision to stop training and that competition, a preliminary round for the women's three-metre springboard, would start on schedule.

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Rio 2016 officials cancelled training for the divers on Friday morning for maintenance purposes, but insist it remains of no risk to the health of the athletes. In an Olympic stadium you expect stunning pools filled with sapphire blue water, but this year they're looking more emerald and it's kinda gross.

In the latest development in the mysterious coloured pool debacle, Rio organizers might be feeling a bit green after athletes started seeing red.

"The only thing we said is don't open your mouth in the water, just in case", Benfeito said.

They said in a statement that "the water tanks ran out some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process" thus changing the pH levels and the color. "Obviously, the people in charge of maintaining the pool and of checking could and should have done more intensive tests". He conceded that some athletes were bothered by the water, but said that was a result of efforts to get the water clean. "The problem is they put way too much chlorine in", Azevedo told reporters.

"Chemistry is not an exact science", Andrada said.

"The water quality.was tested and there were no risks to the athletes".

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