Rio’s infamous green diving pool closed


A general view shows green water in the pool of the diving event before the women’s synchronized 10-meter platform final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 9, 2016. (Photo: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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RIO DE JANEIRO — The Olympic green pool saga has been through more twists and turns than the divers plunging into it.

On Tuesday the diving pool was green. Then on Wednesday, the water polo pool also turned green.

Now on Friday, the diving pool has been closed to training altogether — so as not to disturb the water and help it turn blue again.

“We confirm that diving training in Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre pool is canceled this morning,” Rio 2016 spokesman Philip Wilkinson said. “The reason is that the water must be still so the pool can return to its blue color as soon as possible.”

Instead, athletes will be dry training — usually involving trampolines — with water training and competitions set to resume later in the day.

British bronze medalist diver Tom Daley tweeted his concern over the closure.

But Olympic organizers confirmed regular tests showed there was no problem with the quality of the water — just the color.

Swimming pools, in case anyone is unclear, are supposed to be a shade of azure.

Also, the pool apparently has a foul odor.


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