The Rio Olympics' diving pool has an odiferous problem, and unlike enterprising breakers of wind everywhere, they can't blame it on the dog. The pool, which, mind you, remains an unsettling shade of green, reportedly smells like someone had an extra helping of beans.
Australian journalist Tom Steinfort posted on Twitter Friday that the green diving pool was once again closed for water quality issues and that a German diver told him "the whole building smells like a fart."
As Deadspin pointed out — in a post that alerted International Business Times to the news about the smelly pool — this is especially troubling considering the venue was set to host the women's three meter springboard preliminaries in just a few hours following the announcement.
Officials initially blamed algae for the color of the pool. FINA, the international governing body of aquatics, then issued a statement Wednesday explaining that they ran out of a chemical needed to treat the water.
"FINA can confirm that the reason for the unusual water color observed during the Rio diving competitions is that the water tanks ran out of some of the chemicals used in the water treatment process," the group said in a statement, via the Los Angeles Times. "As a result, the pH level of the water was outside the usual range, causing the discoloration."
Canadian diver Meaghan Befeito told CNN Wednesday, "The only thing we said is, 'Don't open your mouth in the water.' Just in case."
Ingestion concerns aside, athletes also had to watch out for their eyes after organizers reportedly ramped up the chlorine levels to fight off the problem.
"I could barely open my eyes for the final quarter," Team USA men’s water polo captain Tony Azevedo said after a game Wednesday, via the Washington Post. "This is the Olympic Games and they are putting so much chlorine in the water that people can’t see. You can’t have that."
And with the fart smell looming, athletes entering the diving pool should be mindful of their mouths, eyes and noses. But, in a bit of good news, there have yet to be any reports on any abrasive noises at the venue.