Smells like a fart? (AP)
Rio de Janeiro - Olympics
organisers said they would pump millions of litres of green water from a
Rio pool after admitting defeat in attempts to get it back to blue.
MUST READ: Did someone forget to turn on the Kreepy?
In a "radical" step, 3.73 million litres (985 000 gallons) will be
replaced at the 50m water polo pool, which hosts synchronised
swimming from Sunday.
Officials blamed hydrogen peroxide, added to the pool by a contractor, as the cause of the pool turning a murky green.
Clean-up efforts are also failing at the adjacent diving pool, which
is a darker green and smelled like a "fart" on Friday, according to one
But while the diving pool can stay green without affecting
competition, venue manager Gustavo Nascimento said synchronised swimming
requires crystal-clear water.
"We've been trying for four days. Obviously it's not going as fast as
we wanted... so we're going to change the water," Nascimento told a
"We're going to drain the water from the competition pool and we're
going to pump the water from the warm-up pool into the competition
pool," he added.
The operation should be finished by 07:00 on Sunday, Nascimento
said - four hours before synchronised swimming gets underway with the
duet free routine.
Nascimento said the diving pool and then the bigger pool next to it
turned green because a contractor added 80 litres of hydrogen peroxide
which neutralised the chlorine.
Hydrogen peroxide is used in the cleaning of swimming pools but it should not be mixed with chlorine, Nascimento told reporters.
"Our contractor's failure is our failure," he said, adding that the
effect of some 120 athletes jumping into the pool had compounded the
Divers said it had no effect on their performances but water polo
players using the larger pool complained of stinging eyes as extra
chlorine was pumped in.
"Synchronised swimming requires clear water for refereeing and clear
water for athletes to see each other so we're going to change the
water," Nascimento said.
"This (replacement operation) will be done overnight. The warm-up
water is in perfect condition with ascetics, visibility and transparency
for the athletes to perform at their best."
Rio Olympics spokesperson Mario Andrada said the "radical measure" had been taken after discussions with aquatics body FINA.