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Practices At The Olympics Diving Pool Have Now Been Canceled Because Of The Green Water

"Hopefully that means we haven't been diving in anything too bad the last couple of days!"

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After days of speculation that the color could be the result of an algae bloom or pollution, an Olympics spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that it was due to a "decrease in alkalinity."

The spokesperson added that this decrease in alkalinity was caused by increased use of the pool, aka Olympians swimming in it.

Another pool was also affected, but both were expected to return to normal shortly.

On Friday, the Olympics staff said that the pool would need to be closed to recover, meaning divers like the UK's Tom Daley can't practice in it.

Diving pool is closed this morning. Hopefully that means we haven't been diving in anything too bad the last couple of days! 😷😷😷

The committee said on Twitter that the pool needed a break from humans to return to roots:

"As approved by @fina1908, diving training is cancelled b/c the water must be still for the pool to return to its blue color."

Divers, like Germany's Patrick Hausding, had a little bit of fun with the cancellation.

Instagram: @patrick_hausding1

"Good morning from the green lake! The pool is CLOSED!" he wrote.

The Olympians will be doing dry training in the morning and water training will resume later Friday, CNN reported.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Stephanie McNeal at stephanie.mcneal@buzzfeed.com.

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