Deja Vu: Rio Olympic Village Currently Uninhabitable with Leaky Pipes and Exposed Wiring
Remember #SochiProblems? Well get ready for #RioProblems.
With less than two weeks until the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the Rio Olympic village has been declared uninhabitable by the Australian delegation. Their athletes were supposed to move into the village on July 21, but that did not happen.
“We have been living in nearby hotels because the village is simply not safe or ready,” said Kitty Chiller, head of the Australian delegation.
The problems at the village include leaking pipes and accompanying cleaning problems, electrical shorts, insufficient lighting problems in stairwells, and reports of gas smells.
“We did a stress test on Saturday,” said Australian team spokeman Mike Tancred. “Turned on the taps and flushed the toilets, and water came flooding down the walls.”
Rio officials referred to the problems as “teething troubles” and promised that a huge team of plumbers and over 1,000 cleaners will work around the clock until the problems are resolved.
“We will be working hard to ensure that the ongoing works do not disturb their preparations for the Games,” said a statement from organizers. “We regret any inconvenience that this may cause and we greatly appreciate the understanding of the National Olympic Committees at this time.”
The Australians are not the only ones to encounter these problems. Both the Italian and Dutch delegations have brought in their own contractors to fix problems in their rooms.
The British delegation has also run into problems, but they put a decidedly optimistic spin on the situation.
“We are confident that our accommodation is ready to receive athletes and will be to the highest standards within the village,” Team GB communications director Scott Field said in a statement. “Whilst we have encountered some maintenance difficulties, this is not uncommon with new build structures of this type and we have been working hard to overcome them.”
Australia’s Kitty Chiller also expressed optimism that her team will be all moved into the village by Wednesday and tried to downplay some of the problems.
“It’s just tightening connections.”
Hat Tip – [The Guardian]