Wednesday, August 10, 2016

#ThirdWorldGames: Green Water Spreads to Water Polo Pool

Following-up from last night, "#ThirdWorldGames: Olympics Diving Pool Turns Green, Mysteriously."

Now water polo players are complaining of burning eyes.

That's what you get for playing the Olympics in a Third World shithole.

At WSJ, "Rio 2016: The Green Water Spreads to Water Polo Pool":

RIO DE JANEIRO—The Rio Olympics’ green-water crisis claimed another victim: the water polo pool.

Officials scrambled to contain the new embarrassment, which shocked television viewers and spectators Tuesday when the pool hosting the women’s 10-meter synchronized diving finals turned a deep, bright green. Wednesday, even as officials insisted they had the problem under control, they acknowledged that the problem was also affecting the adjoining water polo pool, which also displayed a greenish tint.

“Yesterday mid-afternoon there was a sudden decrease in the alkalinity of the pool,” said Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee. “Obviously, the people in charge of maintaining the pool and of checking could and should have done more intensive tests.”

Andrada said the pool color would get back to normal “very shortly.” However, he added, Wednesday’s rain in Rio was complicating things.

Several possible explanations emerged on Wednesday, though not all seemed to fit together.

FINA, swimming and diving’s world governing body, said the change occurred, because “the water tanks ran out of some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process. As a result the pH level of the water was outside the usual range, causing the discolouration.”

FINA also added that its sport medicine committee had deemed the water safe for competition...
Well, maybe not.

At WaPo, "Water polo players complain of burning eyes after Rio officials attempt to treat green pool water."