Australian athletes arriving in Rio this week will stay in hotels instead of the Olympic Village after the athlete’s accommodation in Rio de Janeiro failed a stress test conducted by the Australian Olympic Committee.
The committee has had to find eleventh hour accommodation after the village, due to be the home for 410 athletes, was found to have uninhabitable conditions.
The village, due to be the home for 410 athletes, was found to have uninhabitable conditions. Image via Getty.
The AOC encountered plumbing and electrical issues that included “blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean".
Before the first athletes, who were due to move in over the weekend, arrived the AOC conducted a "stress test".
"We decided to do a ‘stress test’ where taps and toilets were simultaneously turned on in apartments on several floors to see if the system could cope once the athletes are in-house," Kitty Chiller, the AOC’s chef de mission, said in a statement to The Sydney Morning Herald.
"The system failed. Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was ‘shorting’ in the electrical wiring."
An apartment due to be used by the athletes. Image via Getty.
The 31-building compound should have been a star among the troubled Olympics facilities. It is set among tennis courts, soccer fields, seven swimming pools and topped off by a massive dining-kitchen compound that’s as large as three football fields.
The village has 10,160 rooms, 18,000 beds, seven laundries, a hospital-like clinic, and to be expected - a massive gym.
But Chiller said so far what they have seen is not good enough, adding that Great Britain and New Zealand encountered similar problems Saturday night.
Last week sewage was found to be seeping into showers but it is reported that problem has been rectified.
Last week sewage was found to be seeping into showers. Image via Getty.
Chiller said a "crisis point" was reached yesterday after daily meetings each night at 8.30pm to verify the progress of the village.
"We have had a meeting at 8.30 every night to discuss the ongoing challenges but today it has reached what the Rio 2016 organisers have described as a crisis point," Chiller said.