Reason given for green water at Rio Olympic diving, water polo pools

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Reason offered for green water at Rio Olympic diving, water polo pools

On Tuesday the diving pool at the Rio Olympics turned green.

According to the Rio 2016 Local Organizing Committee, the green hue seen in the water was due to a proliferation of algae caused by the heat and lack of wind in the venue.
In a statement released to the media, the committee stressed that the water was tested and there was no risk to athletes.

Canada team leader Mitch Geller suspected the cause was algae that multiplied quickly in the day’s warm and sunny conditions.

BBC Sport quoted an American photographer in the Rio press room as saying: “If you don’t shock the pool water it turns green. It doesn’t look nice, but it isn’t dangerous.”

A green colour can be born of algae, which breaks out in the absence of chlorine in the water.

A spokesman for the Rio 2016 organisers said: “We’re investigating what the cause of the situation was.

“It’s very important to the Rio 2016 organising committee to ensure a very high quality field of play. The Telegraph reported

In  a statement by FINA,

FINA can confirm that the reason for the unusual water color observed during the Rio diving competitions is that the water tanks ran out of some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process.

As a result, the pH level of the water was outside the usual range, causing the discoloration. 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. Reports VOX culture

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