Officials slam badly lit Olympic Village as ‘unlivable’

The Rio 2016 Athlete’s Village is the biggest in Olympic history, but the accommodation is plagued with teething problems.

The Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro has been described as ‘unsafe’ and ‘unlivable’ just two weeks before the Games are set to begin. 

No lighting has been installed in the stairwells of the 31, 17 storey tower blocks that comprise the largest accommodation site in Olympic history.

Australian Olympic officials have said that they will refuse to let their team move in unless the lighting issues are rectified, an issue which they say will put their athletes at risk if left unresolved. 

Great Britain, the USA, Italy and New Zealand have also raised complaints with Olympic officials and some athletes plan to boycott the village.

Other maintenance problems have also been reported such as blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring and dirty floors.

Rio officials are said to have dispatched a team of cleaners and electricians to solve the snagging issues and in the mean time some athletes are being offered accommodation in hotels.

As hosts, what we want is for everyone to feel at home. It is natural that you have some kind of adjustments to do, but we will make the Australians feel at home here

Janeiro Eduardo Paes - Mayor of Rio de Janeiro 

The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Janeiro Eduardo Paes, responded to the Australian criticism by claiming that the Rio Olympic Village was considerably better than the one provided by Sydney for the 2000 games.

‘As hosts, what we want is for everyone to feel at home. It is natural that you have some kind of adjustments to do, but we will make the Australians feel at home here,’ the mayor said in response to the criticism.

'I almost feel like putting a kangaroo in front of their building to make them feel at home,’ Paes concluded.

Essentials aside, the Olympic Village apartments do come with air-conditioning and mosquito repellers in an attempt to prevent another major problem set to threaten the 2016 Games, the Zika virus.

Comments 4

Why would they ever choose Rio for the site of the olympics in the first place? It was well known that the ocean water in that area is polluted, that is not a recent discovery. The place is way too much like a third-world country to have the contesting there, and so it does come to a question of "WHAT were they thinking?" when the selection was made.

" I almost feel like putting a kangaroo in front of their building to make them feel at home," Mayor Paes concluded. Is that the best statement this mayor can make? I guess he thinks it's ok that he, the mayor, resort to critique and cynicism instead of a genuine statement of constructive solutions. With less than 2 weeks it's going to be a huge task to make the needed improvements before the games are to begin. Also, the countries will just have to take his word for this. Not good.

We are a lighting manufacturer in the United States who can assist with rectifying the lighting issues. We would be honored to help. Please feel free to contact me! adminh@iuseelite.com

We are a lighting manufacturer in the United States who can assist with rectifying the lighting issues. We would be honored to help. Please feel free to contact me! adminh@iuseelite.com

Leave your comment