It has been a week of mystery regarding the Rio Olympics. The centre stage of all these mystery wasn’t which country would bag in more medals. But rather, it was something entirely different: why a pool turned green.
Officials have come up with a number of possible reasons for the occurrence, including an algae bloom or imbalance of chemicals caused by too many people using the pools. The officials have finally given a reason for the happening and as it turns out, someone made a mistake.
As per the New York Times, 15 liters of hydrogen peroxide were accidentally added to the pool. This neutralized the chlorine and thus making them turn green. In basic terms, the removal of chlorine provided a room for organic compounds to grow – possibly algae also grew.
One can use hydrogen peroxide to clean pools but the chemical cannot be used simultaneously with chlorine. The two will neutralize.
At a news conference, the director of venue management for the Rio Olympics said that electronic monitoring systems were able to detect chlorine but couldn’t notice that it was not functional.
Replace with clean water
On Monday the athletes will compete in the synchronized swimming event. This is a kind where they need to see each other while they are underneath the water.
In order to ease up everything, the officials have said that they will replace the 3.7 million liter pool with clean water from a nearby practice pool.
The NBC reported on Sunday that the pool is back to its normal state. Therefore, the medium that is being used by athletes from all over the world is back to a state that is not harmful to them. They will be able to perform and showcase their skills without any hindrance at all.
But of course the whole incident has embarrassed the officials.
The Rio Games spokesman said: “Of course it’s an embarrassment. We are hosting the Olympic Games, and athletes are here, so water is going to be an issue. We should have been better in fixing it quickly. We learned painful lessons the hard way.”