Olympic Village Housing Problems Persist As The Games Creep Closer

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With the days continuing to count down towards the start of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games concern continues to grow in Rio’s preparation for the Games. Last weekend when the first countries had an opportunity to move into the Olympic Village the Australian Olympic team refused to move in, citing “blocked toilets, leaking pipes, and exposed wiring” as just some of the problems in the Village.

The Aussie’s are now expected to move in on soon as it has been reported that their problems were fixed and work on the Village has been occurring round the clock.

Several countries have since expressed problems with the athlete dorms in Rio, including Belarus, Kenya, Sweden, and Argentina. Similar to the Aussies, the women’s Swedish soccer team refused to move in after seeing the state of the apartments, leaving the Village by taxi.

In a report by The Guardian “19 of the 31 buildings in the Olympic Village have not passed safety tests.” Spokesman for the Rio Olympics, Mario Andrada, commented that “this should have been tested a long time ago. But the problem is there and now our task is to fix it as quickly as possible and to ensure everything is safe.”

Read more from USA Today’s For The Win here.

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Hildegard Chown
7 years ago
Bob the Village Builder
Bob the Village Builder
7 years ago

As reported in mainstream media, Team USA brought in contractors and staff to remedy housing issues prior to athlete arrivals. Proactive planning goes a lot further than press conferences.

Kara Ballard
Kara Ballard
7 years ago

Their Olympians would never get treated like this in the U.S.

Thomas A. Small
7 years ago

Not good

7 years ago

In Atlanta 1996 it was almost the same problem. In our building all toalets were disfunctional and ground flor was full of sh..

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