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Greeks find Olympic Village situation ’tragic’

first_imgThe Greek athletes and officials who have arrived in Rio ahead of the start of the Olympic Games on Friday have come up against terrible conditions in the Olympic Village, to the extent that they had to move to another floor in their building due to their original rooms flooding.The warnings from the international press about the poor preparation by the Brazilians have proved accurate, as the Greek mission testifies, with its head, Isidoros Kouvelos speaking on Sunday about major problems never seen before in Olympic Villages.“The situation is tragic, as far as our accommodation at the Olympic Village is concerned,” said Kouvelos at an interview with Athina 984 radio station.“Outside it is like a jewel, but inside it is like a building site. The plumbing is out of order, water runs everywhere, there are no mirrors in the bathrooms… Consider that we had to move to another floor because ours flooded.“That’s nothing in front of what other missions are suffering, such as the Japanese one that had to deal with a gas leak. Every morning at the meeting of the mission chiefs there are many complaints heard, and the hosts simply assure us that the problems will be solved.“What we have come up against is unprecedented, and of course we never faced anything like it in London or in Beijing, and certainly not in Athens. Workers have abandoned their work at the Village because they have not been paid and some of them have even made off with some of the materials,” said Kouvelos, who is also the head of the Hellenic Olympic Academy.The men’s national water polo team faced another problem, as the coach driver grated to it by the organizers was unable to find the way to the training center, meaning the team missed its training session.“The problem with transport is huge, and the team missed its training. They [the organizers] apologized a thousand times, but what good is that to us?” Kouvelos stated.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img


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