2016 Rio Olympic Diving Pool Closed Due to Green Water

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2016

A diver takes part in a training session after the water in the diving pool turned green in the Maria Lenk Aquatic Center at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Matt Dunham/Associated Press

The Olympic diving pool was closed Friday morning in an effort to solve the issue of green water that has persisted throughout the 2016 Rio Games. 

The announcement was made via Rio 2016 on Twitter in response to British diver Tom Daley:

"Chemistry is not an exact science," an Olympics official said in response to the pool's conditions, per Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press.

Per Tom Steinfort of 9 News Australia, the conditions have been difficult for the divers to handle thus far:

The women's three-meter springboard preliminary is scheduled to take place Friday, and it is unclear what impact the closing of the pool will have on that event.

According to CNN's Marilia Brocchetto, differing reasons for the state of the diving pool have been given in recent days.

A change in alkalinity, algae and the lack of a chemical needed to treat the water have all been blamed for the green color of the water.

While the water has been unsightly, and comments suggest the smell has been an issue, there hasn't been any indication that divers who competed in the green water put themselves at risk from a health perspective.

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