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Chinese delegation encounters issues with facilities in Rio Olympic Village

By Zhang Tianrui (People's Daily Online)    18:05, July 27, 2016
Chinese delegation encounters issues with facilities in Rio Olympic Village

The Olympic Village in Rio de Janero opened on June 24. Since then, a few problems related to electricity and water have arisen. However, all the problems have either been resolved or are currently being resolved.

Part of the Chinese delegation has been in the Olympic Village for two nights now. They have encountered problems of low voltage, weak hydraulic pressure and hot bath water. These problems have so far been promptly addressed by workers as soon as they receive complaints. The rooms have also been checked one by one so that problems can be identified and resolved as quickly as possible.

Previously, the Australian delegation also encountered some similar issues. In response, the Australian Olympic Committee decided to temporarily transfer their athletes to hotel rooms, just until the problems were solved.

“Due to the vast scale of the Olympic Village, everything needs adjustments to get to a perfect status. More important, all the problems can be solved before the Olympic Games opening. Athletes' lives in the Olympic Village will not be influenced,” said the chairman of the Organizing Committee.

U.S. and U.K. delegations, both of who have already been accomodated in the Olympic Village, indicated that it's not a problem as long as the situation is rectified before the opening ceremony. The Chinese delegation also expressed that small problems in newly built facilities are inevitable, and improving the situation is just a matter of time.

During the Games, the 534 athletes in the Chinese delegation will be living in Building 13. Building 13 consists of 18 flours. Four national flags hang in the hall on the ground floor, and another flag is hung from the balcony.

There are several suites that contain two, three or four rooms each for the Chinese delegation. A swimming pool, tennis court, grassy area and grill are all available downstairs. In the bedrooms, each single bed is about 2 meters long and 1 meter wide, which is small for some of the tall athletes. According to the workers, these beds can be expanded up to an additional 30 centimeters.

The Olympic Village is located in Barra, in the southeastern part of Rio de Janeiro. The village contains a total of 31 buildings and 3,604 suites. Restaurants, banks, supermarkets, post offices, clinics, religious spaces and exercise facilities are provided.

During the Rio Games, there will be 17,000 athletes and officials living in the village. Around 13,000 workers and volunteers will also be posted there.

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