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Pools Turn Green at Rio Olympics

dateline: 10 August 2016

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • discolouration: a change in something’s normal colour
  • thoroughly: carefully and in great detail
  • build up: an excess of something
  • algae: aquatic organisms that contain chlorophyl
  • lack: not enough
  • adjacent: next to; beside

Pools Turn Green at Rio Olympics

The outdoor pool at the Rio Olympics turned green this week, leaving many if the water was safe for athletes to swim in. Though the cause of the discolouration is currently unknown, officials say the water has been thoroughly and there is no risks to athletes. There are several about why the pool would turn green. Some pool experts believe it is a build up of algae while others say it’s due to a lack of chemicals. after organizers assured athletes that the diving well would be blue again soon, the adjacent water polo pool turned green as well.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What happened to the water polo pool at the Rio Olympics?
  2. What is the cause of the discolouration?
  3. What did officials tell aquatic athletes about these pools?

Discussion Questions: Are you surprised that organizers allowed this to happen at such a major sporting event? Do you think athletes should compete in these pools without a known cause for the discolouration?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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2 Comments on “Pools Turn Green at Rio Olympics”

  1. Hiroto Sato says:

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  2. Cyntia says:

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