Brasilia: The athletes’ village at the Rio Olympics were welcomed with a record number of condoms and air-conditioners in every bedroom. The apartment towers, built for the Games, can house as many as 11,000 athletes and 6,000 coaches. However, the accommodations are not very fancy.
In fact, Australia’s Olympic team, complaining about uninhabitable rooms in the Olympic Village, refused to check in. Kitty Chiller, the head of the country’s delegation, complained of “blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring.”
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of armed troops fanned out across Rio de Janeiro and local organizers faced a rebellion by Australia about unfinished living accommodations as athletes began to move in Sunday for the first Olympics ever in South America.
In the final stretch before the Games start August 5, more than 60,000 troops took positions across the city, part of an overall contingent of more than 85,000 soldiers, police and other security forces that will be deployed for the event at a time of heightened fears after recent massacres in Germany, France and the United States. (Australians stay away from Rio village citing blocked toilets)
Meanwhile, authorities rerouted traffic in Barra de Tijuca, site of many game venues and the Olympic Village, which will house more than 11,000 athletes, coaches and staff