Diving training canceled as Rio officials close green pool for treatment

Rio Olympics Diving Green Blue Pool

The Maria Lenk Aquatics Center diving well is currently closed as Rio officials attempt to restore its blue color after the pool turned green on Tuesday.

The purpose of the closure, according to the Rio Organizing Committee, is to allow the water to remain still while the treatments take effect. It also forced divers to miss their Friday morning practice.

“Diving pool is closed this morning,” Great Britain’s Tom Daley tweeted. “Hopefully that means we haven’t been diving in anything too bad the last couple of days!”

FINA (International Swimming Federation) supports the decision to close the pool.

German diver Patrick Hausding also took to Twitter after the news, saying: “Good morning from the green lake! The pool is CLOSED! #goodmorning #olympics #green”

A number of American divers have actually indicated that the green water is helpful from a diving perspective, that it provides clearer visual cues when tumbling through the air.

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