When the Rio Olympics kicked off on August 5, some of the first events took place in the Olympic Diving Pool.
This is an open air pool and sits immediately alongside the water polo pool. The pools looked glorious, the water shimmering brightly and a beautiful shade of clear blue.
All was well during the initial diving events on Monday, however by Tuesday viewers noticed the water had turned a definite shade of green, getting murkier by the hour until the divers were practically invisible when under the water.
Obviously this set the internet alight with conspiracy theories...
The diving competition on Monday...
...and on Tuesday
Now the water polo pool is turning green too...
- Green ink from the banners next to the pool
- Shrek infested
- Kermit influence
- St Patrick's Day
- Fake tan
- The Hulk got pissed
The Offical Explanation
Rio officials have been desperately trying to find the answer and reassure the world and competitors alike that the water is safe. Bearing in mind the troubles that Rio2016 have been beset by (Zika virus, kidnap, rape in the athletes village, flooding to name just a few), it's hardly surprising the Brazilians were quick to undermine the risk;
The embarrassed organizers quickly announced that their investigations had deduced that the water in the dive pool had turned green due to and excess of algae in the water.
According to FINA, the international governing body for the sport, the pH level in the pool dropped as some of the chemicals in the water treatment process ran out. The fact that the dive pool is kept warmer than the regular swimming pool, and the heat and lack of wind apparently meant a proliferation of algae.
Rather worryingly, the spokesman Mario Andrada admitted during a press conference Wednesday;
"We kept the same level of maintenance as we did before but we had far more athletes. We had more dirt in the water and that generated more algae."
Errrr....is this amateur hour? A 6 year old could work out the pool would be getting more use during the actual Olympics than in the run up to the Games!
Even more worryingly, the water polo pool is now going the same hue as the dive pool, and the athletes are struggling to see under the water or open their eyes due to the huge volumes of chlorine being pumped into the pools in an attempt to rectify the problem.
Anyone for water polo?
The latest theory;
British gold medal winning divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears have their own theory and think that it's something to do with the decorative boards at the side of the pool.
They told an interview on 5Live following their win;
"We've got some big plastic boards that go into the water just for decoration and effect. But you can see on the waterline that they're blue when below the waterline, and above the waterline it's green.
And we think maybe a load of ink has run into the pool potentially. It's safe and the doctors have given it the all clear or whatever..."
However they did stress that they kept their mouths shut when in the water just in case;
"We wouldn't want to have swallowed that!"
Is it really safe though?
The Rio officials stress that the pools are completely safe. But then they would.
The vice-chariman of the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group said;
"It's great that they're saying there's no safety threat to the divers. But I'm not sure that that means.
If it has gone green and it's due to a lack of disinfectant, then that means there is some sort of implied threat or risk."
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