Olympic village for Rio 2016 hit by water leaks

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As the Olympic Games prepare to get underway on August 5, athletes have found themselves beset by problems at the games’ official village in Rio.

Water leaks and exposed wires in the complex saw Australia move their competitors into hotels until the issues were fixed with Kitty Chiller, the country’s Chef de Mission, describing facilities as ‘uninhabitable’.

Rio mayor Eduardo Paes offered to provide a kangaroo to ‘make them feel at home’ which drew prompted the Australian Olympic Committee to insist they ‘need plumbers to account for the many puddles found in the apartments.’

Other countries have encountered issues in the village including Italy, who personally hired electricians and plumbers in efforts to fix the myriad of problems.

With most Spanish athletes scheduled to arrive in Rio on July 29, the country’s organising committee are also planning to enlist contractors to repair water leaks and a lack of basic amenities in their own accommodation.

“We are already working on getting plumbers and electricians into the building,” Cayetano Cornet, the country’s head of expedition told MARCA.

“The Organising Committee is using every means to solve it.”

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A total of 11 countries have been affected but Janeth Arcain, a former basketball player and overseeing operations in the village, insists that the problems are not uncommon in the build-up to a major sporting event.

“Such claims are normal,” she said. “The first day you arrive always find some problems. That happens in all great works, even indoors.”

Originally published on Marca.com by Richard Buxton

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