11 days before the Rio Olympics, athletes are refusing to move into the 'uninhabitable' Olympic Village

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An "uninhabitable" Olympic Village is the latest in a long list of problems facing Rio de Janeiro ahead of the Summer Olympics, which officially begin in less than two weeks, on August 5.

Athletes from across the world were scheduled to move into the Olympic Village over the weekend in the Barra de Tijuca neighborhood of Rio only to find the rooms and bathrooms in exceedingly poor condition. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Olympic team is currently staying in hotels until Olympic officials can fix problems with plumbing, gas, and electricity.

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"For over a week now [Australian Olympic Committee] staff have been working long hours to get our section of the village ready for our athletes," Kitty Chiller, the AOC head, said in a statement.

"Problems include blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean," she added. "In operations areas water has come through the ceiling resulting in large puddles on the floor around cabling and wiring."

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 25: Preparations continue at the Olympic athletes' village, including the building that will house the Australian team, on July 25, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
View of an athlete's room at the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
An apartment at the Olympic Village is pictured during a media visit, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
View of an athlete's room at the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: The kitchen and living room of one of the units within the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: A bedroom of one of the units within the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: A bathroom of one of the units within the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
View of balconies of the Finnish team's apartments at the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
View of the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
View of the cafeteria at the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
View of the Fitness Center at the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: A general view of the fisiotherapy room of the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games displaying the Olympic Rings in Barra da Tijuca. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: Details of the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Barra da Tijuca. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: A general view of the medical room of the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games displaying the Olympic Rings in Barra da Tijuca. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
View of a cryotherapy room at the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: A condoms' distribution machine at the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games displaying the Olympic Rings in Barra da Tijuca. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
The Olympic symbol is seen at the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Footprints of Vinicius, the Olympic mascot, are seen at the entrance of the cafeteria of the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 23, 2016. / AFP / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A room of a polyclinic is seen during a guided tour for journalists to the 2016 Rio Olympics Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
A view of the Olympic Village is pictured during a media visit, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes
General view of athletes' accommodation can be seen during a guided tour for journalists to the 2016 Rio Olympics Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
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Chiller said the AOC ran a "stress test" in which it turned on several taps and showers on different floors as a way to gauge the overall competency of the village when operating at full capacity. The results did not go well.

From the Morning Herald:

"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.

"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."

Along with the Australian Olympic team, Britain and New Zealand are reportedly experiencing similar problems. Sweden's women's soccer team decided not to move into the village, and Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States reportedly paid for cleaning services.

Carlos Nuzman, the president of the Olympic organizing committee, said that the problems will be fixed shortly.

"There are some adjustments that we are dealing with and will be resolved in a short while," Nuzman said, according to The New York Times. "Every Olympic Village, because of their magnitude, needs some adjustments until it becomes perfect. The important thing is that everything will be resolved before the Games, without disturbing the athletes."

The mayor or Rio, meanwhile, had other suggestions:


While this is not the first time the Olympics have featured poor living conditions (Sochi, remember, had similarly underwhelming digs in 2014), it is yet another bit of bad news out of Rio ahead of the Opening Ceremonies.

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