Australian Olympic team refuses to stay in these rooms, moved to hotels

The games haven’t really started in full motion but there’s already been drama over many different things. Latest, it has
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The games haven’t really started in full motion but there’s already been drama over many different things.

Latest, it has been communicated that the Australian team will not move into the Olympic Village for next month’s Rio Games despite organisers having prepared the venue for athletes’ convenience.

Reasons cited include “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring”, delegation head Kitty Chiller has said to ABC News.

Chiller, who said she would reassess the situation later, said she had raised concerns on a daily basis with the organisers and the International Olympic Committee, and was “pushing hard for a solution”.

“Last night [Saturday], we decided to do a ‘stress test’ where taps and toilets were simultaneously turned on in apartments on several floors to see if the system could cope once the athletes are in-house,” Chiller said.

“The system failed. Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was ‘shorting’ in the electrical wiring.”

According to Chiller, the British and New Zealand Olympic teams were experiencing similar problems with their accommodation.

Maintenance staff and more than 1,000 cleaners have been engaged to fix the problems and clean the Village, Chiller said, but the faults, particularly the plumbing issues, have not been resolved.

The Australian was supposedĀ to move into the Village on July 21 but have instead been living in nearby hotels. Some sports fans have complained that the athletes should not spend extra money living in hotels and should just be “polite guests” but others believe that the athletes should be given the best to get the desired results.

Chiller said Australian team staff are continuing to set up as best they can for the arrival of athletes and that for those coming in the next three days alternative accommodation had been arranged.

What do you think of this?

  1. moira  

    I think they are quite right to refuse to live in unhealthy “digs”.Poor sanitation is a health risk,whether one is an athlete or not!

  2. Jan  

    I don’t think we are being picky or anything but this Olympics in Rio has hit a lot of problems. Poor sanitation and electrical problems are just not good enough. I really don’t think the money has been able to be spent to make this something special. I don’t know how Brazilians live or what they are used to, maybe that is the problem, they think it’s okay for them but obviously not for other countries. I am sure that if my relative was over there to compete I would be worried about the conditions., and the Zika Virus, they have to be in top form and 100% fit and healthy, I hope they don’t have repercussions and ongoing problems by competing in Rio.

  3. I think they are quite right in making a stand by not moving into the Olympic Village. It would appear that there are serious health and safety concerns within the village. Toilets that don’t flush, exposed electrical wiring, gas smells etc. Until the facilities/utilities etc. have been upgraded, I think they should find alternative accommodation. They should stand strong, continue to be polite and respectful but insist that their accommodation must be up to standard before they move in. No point in being rude – they are visitors in another country but in saying that they need to stand strong, show a degree of tolerance even though some of the hosts may be substandard!!

  4. Nancy Brenton  

    I think the time has come to cut out the huge amount of money being spent to firstly get the games and then massive amounts to build new venues – very often in countries that can ill afford it. Let’s go back to Greece and each country contribute towards a New Venue that can be used every 4 years. No more battling to get the games, money saved and it’s back where the Olympics started – problem solved.

  5. Stephen  

    1. The newly constructed blocks of units become a massive accommodation asset for the city after the Olympics, and are partially paid for by the tourist $ from the games.
    2. The city agreed to a contract, and are responsible for that contract, which includes a certain standard of accommodation so that the athletes can focus fully on competing.
    3. Security, remember 1972 and then tell me its alright for the athletes to be in the odd hotel here and there.
    4. The whole point of the games is to have it spread across the planet, if we always have it in the same venue then the world unity it does bring is being ignored.

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