Olympic Officials Explain Disgusting Green Pools

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The Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics were plagued with all kinds of issues leading up to the event. The latest mishap has been with the swimming pools at the Aquatics centre, where the water has turned a toxic green color and apparently smells horrible.

One German diver said on Friday, "The whole building smells like a fart."

The Rio Olympics officials cancelled practice and closed the pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center for cleaning, according to Yahoo Sports. The mystery surrounding the green pools has become one of the most talked about issues on social media and has sparked several conspiracy theories.

Some of these theories are...

- A "decrease in alkalinity."

- Green ink from Rio Olympic signage in the pool

- Athletes peeing in the pool

- And the most plausible theory, Shrek farting in the pool

After much speculation, the Olympic officials have finally shed some light on what is turning the pools into a nasty green color.

"We learned chemistry is not an exact science," Mario Andrada, Rio 2016 spokesman stated. He continued, "The alkaline levels went up because we had a far bigger number of athletes, so we didn't use as many chemicals as we should."

One might ask the question: How could the Rio Olympic organizers NOT know how many people are going to be in the pool? It's not like they will just let anyone into the pool.

"We know how many athletes will be here," Andrada explained. "But it's not a scientific thing: What's the impact on the pool on a given day. It's impossible to figure out X amount of athletes using pool in X amount of minutes in the pool produce this specific thing."

The Rio organizers have been making mistake after mistake in trying to overcompensate for the water problems.

Andrada explained, "In the first day of the state of this water situation, one or two athletes complained about their eyes being itchy. This was a result of the first reaction to the water turning green, using more of the chemical chloride, which is very common in Olympic swimming pools. We reduced immediately the quantity. We retested the waters and found it was totally in the parameters."

While the green pool may look entirely disgusting, the Rio officials maintain that the water is safe to swim in.


"We reiterate what we've been saying all along. The water doesn't hold any threat of the health of the athletes," said Andrada. "All the doctors involved assured us there's no risk to the athletes. The only thing that we had to do was cancel the training session."

Would you swim in the green pool water at the Rio Olympics?