Waking Up in Rio: Deplorable Accommodations Plague Athletes Ahead of Olympics
As Olympians arrive in Rio ahead of Friday’s opening ceremonies, many are finding that living conditions in the Olympic village are dramatically subpar.
Athletes and journalists are finding problems with broken sinks, clogged toilets, exposed wires, holes in the ceilings of some rooms and water coming through the walls of showers.
Australian basketball star Andrew Bogut tweeted a photo of himself assembling a shower curtain so his room would not flood.
Bogut also sarcastically tweeted about sleeping in a small single bed after a fan commented about the bed sizes.
The Chinese Olympic team and their state media took to Twitter to show off what happened in some of the rooms they are staying in. A sink and mirror broke as they arrived to their quarters.
This is the second Olympics in a row where athletes have encountered issues. During the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia, poor sanitary conditions were rampant in the Olympic village and stadiums. Some sinks produced yellow tap water and a few journalists were forced to use a bucket for a toilet.
The Olympic village in Rio is just the latest situation facing athletes this summer.
Concerns over the Zika virus has pushed a number of high profile athletes like American cyclist Tejay van Garderen, Irish golfer Rory McIlroy and Australian golfer Jason Day to stay away from the city. Even Today show host Savannah Guthrie will not be covering the games for NBC because she is pregnant.
Another factor in the face of athletes is crime in the city. Former Brazilian soccer star Rivaldo urged tourists to stay away from this year’s games.
The 2002 World Cup winner told his Facebook fans in May: “I advise everyone who intends to visit Brazil or come for the Olympics in Rio, it's for you to stay in their country of origin. Here you will be running the risk of life. This without talking in public hospitals that are without conditions and this whole mess in Brazilian politics. Only God to change the situation of our Brazil.”