Something smells at Rio's Olympic diving pool

Rio officials have confirmed that the Olympic diving pool will be closed for training Friday. The pool's hue has turned murky green and has worsened over the last few days.

Training cancelled but diving competition is still going ahead

The Olympic diving pool has been closed for water training, confirm Rio officials. The decision was made to keep the water still so that it can return to a blue colour. Regular competition will still go ahead later today. (Matt Dunham/The Associated Press)

By Justin Robertson, CBC Sports

Rio officials have confirmed that the Olympic diving pool will be closed for training today. 

The pool's hue has turned murky green and has worsened over the last few days. The closure is meant to not disturb the water further and help it change back to blue. 

"We confirm that diving training in Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre pool is canceled this morning," said Rio 2016 spokesman Philip Wilkinson, according to CNN. "The reason is that the water must be still so the pool can return to its blue color as soon as possible."

Former Canadian hurdler and CBC reporter Perdita Felicien confirmed tests were done on the pool this morning. 

The news of the closure prompted some concerns from Olympic athletes. 

Australian journalist Tom Steinfort heard a German diver's description of the odour in the stadium. 

Competition for the women's 3-metre springboard is set to run as scheduled at 2:30 p.m. ET. Canadians Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware are competing. It will be live streamed on cbc.ca/olympics and the CBC Rio 2016 app.

Athletes will use trampoline routines and dry-land training to warm up until the pool re-opens. 


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