Rio Olympics: Organizers still working to repair Olympic Village

Monday August 1st, 2016

With the start of the 2016 Rio Olympics just a few days away, organizers are still trying to get the Olympic Village ready for the thousands of athletes and media members attending the event.

As athletes, media and fans descend upon Rio, it’s clear the city isn’t completely prepared for the start of the Games. 

On Friday, the official Twitter account of the Xinhua News Agency posted photos of a sink basin that fell onto the floor and shattered. The beds in the room were also on the verge of falling apart, and the facility lacked electricity. 

Stephen Wade, who is covering the preparations for the Rio Games for the Associated Press, said that his shower does not have hot water and that the shower head fell off. 

The Olympic Village official opened on July 15th, but a host of structural and functional problems have led to complaints. An emergency team of 630 people is currently trying to resolve issues like leaking pipes, the smell of gas, exposed wiring and blocked toilets.

Australia was the first team to complain about the issues. After a fire in the basement of the building housing the Australian delegation forced the team to evacuate, thieves stole a number of their belongings, including laptops and clothing. 

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