With just 11 days to go until the opening ceremony at Rio’s iconic Maracana Stadium, yesterday saw the opening of the Olympic Village which will house over 17,000 athletes and officials over the course of the Games.
The £1.1 billion, purpose built complex is made up of 31 buildings and 3,604 apartments and is located in the west of Rio, within the Recreio do Bandeirantes region. Alongside the athlete’s accommodation, the complex also includes numerous leisure areas and cycle paths for the competitors to enjoy any down-time, a large gym to keep them in shape and a 27,000 square metre dining hall. Able to serve 5000 people at the same time, it is estimated that 60,000 meals will be served every day within the dining area.
Around 900 people have already taken up residence in the village, with 200 athletes from 20 different countries, including Great Britain, getting used to their living quarters ahead of the first event, the women’s football first round on Wednesday 3rd of August, and the rest of the events which kick off after the opening ceremony.
Whilst the village has already encountered a number of problems, leading to the Australia team taking the decision to stay in alternative accommodation until issues in their apartments were resolved, organisers stated that all outstanding issues would be resolved within 48 hours, therefore ensuring the complex is fit to accommodate the masses who will be descending on it over the course of the week.
The British team were on site, assessing the accommodation over a week ago and in a statement the British Olympic Association said: “We are confident that out accommodation is ready to receive athletes and will be to the highest standards within the village. Whilst we have encountered some maintenance difficulties, this is not uncommon with new build structures of this type and we have been working hard to overcome them.”
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