Aussie athletes have been forced to take out alternative lodgings on their arrival in Rio for the Olympics due to the state of the Olympic Villiage.
Australia’s Olympic Chef de Mission in Rio has slammed the host city’s accomodation, saying the rooms and areas were dirty and dangerous.
Kitty Chiller, head of Australia’s Olympic delegation to Rio, said in a statement on Sunday that Aussie athletes would not move in to the Olympic Villiage until the problems had been rectified satisfactorally.
“Due to a variety of problems in the Village, including gas, electricity and plumbing, I have decided that no Australian team member will move into our allocated building,” the statement read.
“I will reassess the situation this evening.
“For over a week now AOC staff have been working long hours to get our section of the Village ready for our athletes.
“Problems include blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean.
“In operations areas water has come through the ceiling resulting in large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring.
“We have raised our concerns on a daily basis with the Organising Committee and the IOC, especially at the daily Chef’s meeting.”
Chiller also said that other teams were also disatisfied with their lodgings.
“We are not alone, our friends from Team GB, New Zealand and others are experiencing the same problems in their accommodation,” she said.
Australian officials were reportedly readying in nearby hotels for athletes who were due to begin arriving today (Monday).
IMAGE: The Chef de Mission for Australia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Kitty Chiller, speaks to the press after deciding not to move into the Olympic Village on its opening day in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 24, 2016. The Olympic Village in Rio officially opened its doors to the world’s athletes on Sunday, less than two weeks before the Games begin — but Australia, Britain and Brazil spurned the facility, which was dubbed ‘not safe or ready.’ (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)