Athletes’ Village for Rio Olympics are ‘unliveable’

  • 26 Jul 2016

Howard Chapman compares the shambles of building for the Rio Olympics with the London 2012 triumph.

Olympia_2016_-_Rio.svg_-1200x1216 copyThe latest reports from the Rio Olympics say officials have condemned the Athletes’ Village as ‘unliveable’ two weeks ahead of the Games opening.

The campus includes 31 towers, each with 17 storeys, and is the largest in Olympic history. The Australian Olympic team has refused to move in, complaining about blocked toilets, no power and water leaking through the light fittings. New Zealand and Great Britain are now having similar problems with their accommodation.

I do get a sense of déjà vu as these kind of last minute ‘snagging’ problems seem to beset every Olympics. I’m sure it will be ‘alright on the night’.

However, it’s a reminder of how proud we should all be about the success of building projects around the 2012 Olympics in London – no workplace deaths, on-time on-budget build, and a great legacy outcome.

Update: Less than two weeks ahead of the Olympics, the Rio 2016 organising committee has acknowledged that 19 of the 31 buildings in the Athletes Village have yet to pass safety tests, with teams hinting they may demand compensation.

One comment on “Athletes’ Village for Rio Olympics are ‘unliveable’

  • Speaking of the budget, it’s not doubt Brazil is struggling right now and we all know that they hosted FIFA last year so why don’t they use existing venues already built elsewhere? I guess it’s really not about the Spirit of the Olympics as being athletic competition instead they mixed it with business and it is all about the money and who gets the bid to host. They can potentially reap enormous profits from hosting even if they fail to impress. DM : please send one of your Ace reporters to do a story about what’s become of some of the more recent venues : Sochi, Beijing, Athens and others. I think readers would like to know what’s become of all those structures they built.

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