Article 1QAC9 Rio diving pool—still green—now closed and smells like farts

Rio diving pool—still green—now closed and smells like farts

Beth Mole
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The outdoor Olympic diving pool, which turned a startling shade of green Tuesday, is now closed. It reportedly smells like farts and may be causing eye itchiness among athletes.

Since Tuesday, Olympic organizers have repeatedly assured athletes and fans that the pool is safe and that the situation was under control. Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada told reporters on Wednesday that “the pool should go back to its classic blue color during the day.”


The Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 9, 2016. A diving event at the Rio 2016 Olympics (Women's Synchronized 10m Platform Final) is about to start. (credit: Getty | AFP / Odd ANDERSE)

That clearly didn’t happen. Instead, reports trickled in that the adjacent pool used for water polo and synchronized swimming also began to turn green.

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