With less than two weeks until the start of the Rio Olympics, the Guardian
reports that 19 of the 31 buildings in the Athletes Village have yet to pass safety tests.
Concerns have been heightened by gas and water leaks and at least one power outage.
The Guardian has also learned that a short circuit caused a small fire
The shoddy conditions –
which include flooded floors, broken elevators, mould and holes in the
ceiling – have shocked some team managers, athletes and volunteers who have begun arriving.
The organisers promise to resolve the problems by Thursday, but in
the interim the Australian team has decided to temporarily rehouse its
Stress tests – which should have been done months ago – are still
less than halfway complete because the 17-storey buildings were
delivered behind schedule and the water, gas and electricity were only
This does not bode well for the Games!
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