The company behind the temporary swimming pools used at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have disputed pictures which show they have fallen into disrepair after they revealed the new locations where they would be situated.
Italian-based Myrtha Pools said the news concerning the deterioration of the facilities after the Games, which plunged Rio 2016's legacy plans into crisis, was "partially incorrect".
They revealed the main temporary swimming pool at the Olympic Aquatics Centre would be installed at Fortaleza do Sao Joao in Rio de Janeiro, a military base on the slopes of the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain.
Myrtha Pools claim it would be "brought back to life" at a new location and would be "reassembled preserving the original size".
The water polo pool at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre will be turned into a 50-metres pool in the Amazonian city of Manaus, the company added.
Two pools at the Parque dos Atletas have already been dismantled, with one being delivered to a military base in Guarantiguetà, not far from San Paolo.
The other will go to Salvador de Bahía as the "heart of a new public facility for the community".
In a statement, Myrtha Pools admitted added the final location for the warm-up pool at the Olympic Aquatics Centre was yet to be decided but it had already been dismantled and had been handed over to the Rio de Janeiro Municipality.
"The news concerning the deterioration of Olympics’ sports facilities after the Games, including the swimming pools completed for the event, was partially incorrect," the company said.
"Footage shot clearly shows that the Rio 2016 temporary pools, completed by the Italian company Myrtha Pools, have already been dismantled and are ready to be sent to other venues for permanent installation before the end of the year.
"That’s the Myrtha Technology advantage.
"A winning strategy to avoid the risk of the pool becoming a white elephant."
The news comes after a series of images, published last month, showed the poor state of venues used at Rio 2016 just six months after the conclusion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The water at one of the warm-up swimming pools had turned orange, while according to reports in Brazil, the stagnant water is littered with insects and mud, with rainwater also contributing to its strange colour.
The Aquatics Centre is also beginning to crumble, with the pictures showing the extent of the disintegration at the venue.