Rio’s Olympic Village Is Being Described As ‘Unlivable’
The absolute failure on Rio's part to deliver an Olympic games with any semblance of organization or cleanliness has been covered exhaustively. We know about Zika. We know about the dead bodies washing up on shore. We know about the, ahem, plumbing issue that's been plaguing the waterways. We know that the socioeconomic structure of the city and the country is crumbling because police officers are literally welcoming people to Hell.
So we can't have expected that the Olympic Village was going to be any great shakes.
Still, the details on the dire conditions in which the athletes will be expected to live are mortifying. With everything else in shambles around them, including the risk of serious disease or infection, it's hard to imagine that these world class athletes will also have to endure living in squalor. Literally.
Per the same article, Australian Olympic Committee chef de mission Kitty Chiller confirmed that the athlete's village has been deemed uninhabitable. Please, do tell me why.
"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," explained Chiller.
"In operations areas water has come through the ceiling resulting in large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring."
"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.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. "
Ah yes, nothing has ever gone wrong with electrical wires near puddles of water...
Now I know that the athlete's villages are rarely a Four Seasons kind of experience. There are thousands of athletes from around the world, and they are all literally bunking up like college students. You can only expect so much in a situation like that. But I'm sorry, but this is starting to sound like Rio wants these buildings to just explode into flames.
I'm no conspiracy theorist, but if the entire Olympic Village were reduced to dust, they'd definitely have a great excuse for just cancelling the whole thing. Plus it seems like Rio's mayor is not taking the concerns of the Australian Olympic Committee seriously, since he contends that their village is better than the one in Sydney. Which, even if it is true, is really not the point.
That didn't stop him though.
Honestly, a bunch of kangaroos showing up in South America wouldn't even make the top 10 list of the most unsettling things that have happened in preparation for these Olympics.
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