Aussie athletes have to slum it while Team USA live the high life

The highly-paid NBA stars of the US men’s basketball team will not be housed in the Rio Olympics athletes village, but rather on board a luxury cruise ship.

The Silver Cloud, which docked at the city’s port at the weekend, can accommodate up to 400 people in its 196 cabins, some of which have already been allotted to the US men’s and women’s Olympic basketball teams, the general directorate of the Maua port terminal said.

This is in stark contrast with the conditions their fellow NBA basketballer from Australia, Andrew Bogut, has to live in – within the athlete’s village at Rio. Mr Bogut, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks and was named Australia’s richest sport star last year with earnings of $16 million, posted a photo of himself putting together his own shower curtain at the athletes’ village in Rio.

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This was followed by a series of tweets, including:

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Australian chef de mission Kitty Chiller said the series of sarcastic tweets in which Mr Bogut took aim at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the village facilities were a “bit of fun”.

“The village is what it is. We all chip in, we all mug in and do stuff and there was no harm in it at all,” she said.

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“I think he’s the best man to fix the shower curtain cause he’s exactly the right height and I’m going to call him on him to come to my room after this press conference,” Ms Chiller said in response to the tweet about the shower curtain.

“He’s got a big bed and a lovely mosquito net over it too so he looks like a princess in his bed.”

Since the introduction of the ‘’Dream Team’’ concept for the 1992 Barcelona Games, the US men’s team have made a habit of not staying in the village with the other athletes. Five-star hotels are their usual choice, but this time they have opted for a nautical theme.

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