Rio Olympics 2016 is approaching fast. With so many international participants, the Brazilian city will be the host city for the sporting event. What is Australia’s level of preparation and status for Rio Olympics 2016? Let us have a look.
Australia is scheduled to participate at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 5 to 21 August 2016. Australian athletes have appeared in every Summer Olympics edition of the modern era, next to Great Britain, Greece and Switzerland.
This time, there will be 410 athletes across 26 sports categories from Australia at the Rio Olympic 2016. The team comprises 263 rookies (64%) and the eldest athlete at 61, Mary Hanna, who is off to her fifth Games. Ellie Carpenter at 16 is a footballer and the youngest athlete in team Australia.
While the Australian Olympic team is well trained and all set to compete at an international platform, the host city doesn’t seem to be prepared to welcome the invitees.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOS) confirmed on Sunday evening that the athletes’ village is in a poor condition right now because of major plumbing and electrical concerns.
There is no word from the authorities concerned about when players will be able to move in. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to carry out “stress tests” to take care of serious issues with plumbing and fire safety.
On Sunday night, AOC Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller confirmed that Australian athletes would not be moving into the village. The first Australian athletes, boxers and canoeists were scheduled to move into the village on Sunday.
In her words: “For over a week now, AOC staff have been working long hours to get our section of the village ready for our athletes.”
She also conveyed that AOC did a “stress test” to check the plumbing system of the village. However, everything failed miserably as water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was a short circuit in the electrical wiring.
Chiller said the situation came to a head on Saturday night. She also stated that she would reconsider the situation later, and she had raised concerns on a daily basis with the organizers and the IOC.
Chiller added that Great Britain and New Zealand delegates also experienced similar issues.
The Rio organizing committee has sent in large teams of cleaners and repair staff, but could not say when the village would be ready to accommodate the Australian participants.
Rio’s mayor, Eduardo Paes, hit back on Sunday.
The incomplete state of the athletes’ village shows some of the worst fears held about Rio’s lack of attentiveness to the Games. To date, it has been noticed that all Olympic cities end up in an 11th-hour flurry, but when Rio’s turn come, it has left too much too late, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
We are hopeful that before the Rio Olympics 2016 starts, the problems faced by the Australian competitors at the Olympic Village will be solved.