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Olympics Official on the Green Water Debacle: ‘Chemistry is Not an Exact Science’

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Hey, guess what? We’ve finally got an explanation from a Rio Olympics official as to why the pool in the aquatic center looks like a swamp.

Here’s Mario Andrada, chief spokesman of the Rio 2016 organizing committee, telling the AP what went wrong:

“Chemistry is not an exact science.”

Welp…there you have it. That’s pretty much the Rio Olympics in a nutshell, folks. Chemistry is not an exact science.

Andrada, the same guy who just said that ridiculous thing, went on to say that the water is totally safe, and that the reports of divers complaining of itchy eyes are overblown.

In the first day of this water situation, one or two athletes complained about their eyes being itchy. This was a result that the first reaction when we saw the water turning green was to use one of the chemicals — chlorine — that is very common in swimming pools. We reduced immediately the quantity. We retested the water and it was totally within the parameters.

Whew, that’s a relief…

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