THERE’s something in the water at the Rio Olympics – and it doesn’t appear to be good, The Sun reports. The diving pool has been plagued by an unknown force after turning from a lush blue to a gooey green overnight. Experts claim that ‘excessive weeing’ did not cause the problem, which has also affected the water polo pool.
US swimming star Ryan Lochte jokingly fell victim to the ‘Green Lagoon’ when he edited pictures to make it seem like his hair had changed colour, and British gold medal winner Jack Laugher reckons ink from the plastic boards has leaked into the water.
But officials appear to be finally getting to the bottom of the issue after health concerns were raised by a number of athletes. And ace Tom Daley has hinted that there could be a real problem with the water after revealing the diving pool was closed when he went to practice this morning.
The British star tweeted: “Diving pool is closed this morning. “Hopefully that means we haven’t been diving in anything too bad the last couple of days!” The Rio Olympics has been plagued by a number of problems since day one, with many competitors unhappy about the state of the Olympic Village.
There have been reports of food shortages for spectators, while a number of volunteers have simply not shown up for work. Many of the stadiums – some of which are not even fully completed – have been near-empty, with transportation also a problem.
But Daley will now be holding his breath for an all-clear over the green pool – otherwise he could be returning home with something more than a gold medal. Meanwhile, US water polo captain Tony Azevedo claims the amount of chlorine in the water is making it difficult for athletes to even open their eyes.
A number have complained the water is making them feel nauseous and is consequently hurting their game, and Azevedo is not happy. He said: “This is the Olympic Games and they are putting so much chlorine in the water that people can’t see. You can’t have that.”