Bogut and Maric make light of Rio Olympic Village woes
|Luke Sicari||Jul 27, 2016|
Olympians are elite athletes, and are paid as such. Thus, they expect to have adequate accommodation for the two-week Olympic period.
The Rio Olympics' athlete village has failed to live up to this expectation so far. Boomers big men, Andrew Bogut (Dallas Mavericks) and Aleks Maric (Sydney Kings) have been vocal on the topic, making light-hearted jests at the situation.
Kitty Chiller, 2016 Chef de Mission, citied "blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring" as just some of the issues, via James Bullen of the ABC. According to Chiller, a stress test was performed on the taps and toilets, and the system failed to deliver.
"Last night [Saturday], 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," Chiller commented. "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."
The Australian Olympic team was meant to move into the village on the 21st of July, but the condition of the facilities forced the athletes to stay in nearby hotels for the time being.
Bogut, who has never been afraid to put his thoughts on Twitter, suggested some Australian help might be able to fix up the poor logistical errors in Rio.
Not to be outmatched, Maric jokingly tweeted that famous local hardware store, Bunnings Warehouse, had supplied some tools for the athletes to help renovate the village.
However, Chiller has since conceded that “enormous” progress has been made to the village, via Emma Kemp of the Sydney Morning Herald and the Aussies will now move into the hub on Wednesday.