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First the Olympic diving pool, now the water polo pool goes green, too

Toronto Star logo Toronto Star 10/08/2016 Sammy Hudes - Staff Reporter
The water polo pool pictured on the left. © Getty Images The water polo pool pictured on the left.

A day after the Maria Lenk Olympic diving pool in Rio mysteriously turned green, it appears the facility’s water polo pool has suffered the same fate.

Rio spokesman Mario Andrada said the green was caused, “by a proliferation of algae,” and that the diving pool would be blue again by Wednesday.

“This was because of heat and a lack of wind,” he said. “We did all the chemical tests.”

But not only was the diving pool still green on Wednesday as the men’s synchronized three-metre springboard final got underway, observers noticed that the water polo pool right next to it also appeared greener than usual.

The water polo pool had remained blue throughout the competition on Tuesday.

Athletes and officials had woken up Tuesday to find the diving pool had turned green, just in time for the women’s 10-metre synchronized final.

The colour change of the diving pool had left many puzzled and theorizing what caused it.

“The water quality at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre was tested and there were no risks for the athletes. We are investigating the cause,” the Rio Games tweeted in a statement Tuesday evening.

Just the day before, the water was as blue as normal for the men’s 10-metre synchronized final.

Diving Canada’s Mitch Geller speculated the issue was caused by a broken filter. He said the Canadians offered their own experts to assist with chemically treating the water if Rio’s mechanics couldn’t get it fixed in time for the next diving competition.

“I don’t know what it’s going to look like tomorrow,” Geller said Tuesday. “I hope it’s not a swamp.”

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