The problems in Rio de Janeiro continue to multiply ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics. And if you don’t believe us, just ask Australia.
Instead of staying in the Olympic Village, Australia’s athletes have set up temporary bases in hotels due to “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring,” former Olympic pentathlete Kitty Chiller said in a statement Sunday, via The New York Times.
Most of these issues became apparent during a “stress test” Saturday night.
“The system failed,” Chiller said. “Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was shorting in the electrical wiring.”
The move-in day was scheduled for Sunday, and many countries still did, Olympic officials told The Times.
“There are some adjustments that we are dealing with and will be resolved in a short while,” Carolos Nuzman, the president of the organizing committee, said, via The Times. “Every Olympic Village, because of their magnitude, needs some adjustments until it becomes perfect. The important thing is that everything will be resolved before the Games, without disturbing the athletes.”
But, according to Chiller in her statement, other countries, including New Zealand and Britain, also are dealing with similar issues in the Olympic Village.
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