All Olympic canoe/kayak slalom training sessions at Whitewater Stadium have been cancelled on Thursday afternoon due to "technical issues on the course," organizers announced.
"It was an issue with the pumps on the course," Miguel Gomes, media officer at Whitewater Stadium, said to NBC Olympics. "It should be fixed today."
Gomes was unsure if the fix would take 15 minutes or a couple of hours – but expects slalom training to resume on Friday.
Gomes does not expect competition schedules to be affected.
Rio 2016 Organizing Committee later released a statement:
Official training sessions cancelled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Rio de Janeiro standard time]
Due to malfunction of the power supply distribution to the pumping station (for both competition and training courses) the water flow delivery has been interrupted. The ICF and Venue Management in consultation with engineers decided to secure time for identifying the defect in order to guarantee 100% full operation throughout the Games. Official training recommences on 5th August as per original schedule.
But some canoe/kayak athletes are making the best of the unfortunate situation.