Everything Now Irie for Jamaican Athletes in Rio; Before, Not So Much

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Some of the mess that greeted the Jamaican athletes when they checked in their rooms in Rio earlier this week.


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Friday August 5, 2016— Following a more than unpleasant welcome to the Olympic Athletes’ Village on Wednesday, the Jamaican delegation has settled in nicely following the official welcome ceremony yesterday.

The Jamaican team left their pre-Olympic training camp at the Linx Hotel and arrived at a less than acceptable Olympic Athletes’ Village with workmen feverishly putting in finishing touches to some leaking rooms, even after the athletes had checked in to their living quarters.

Jamaica’s chef de Mission Vishwanauth Tolan told the Jamaica Observer that he personally walked the rooms and found that “things are much better now”.

“The rooms that were affected yesterday are now 99 per cent perfect. Most of the plumbing issues have been resolved and the athletes are much more comfortable inside the village,” said Tolan.

“Right now the major issues we had yesterday (Wednesday) have been resolved. I am at a better place where the athletes are concerned,” he added.

The unfinished state of the village confirmed most people’s worst fears about the readiness of Brazil to host the Olympic Games. It’s not unusual for Olympic host cities to find themselves in a last-minute rush to meet deadlines, but it seems Rio left it much too late.

The 31-building, $1.5 billion Athlete’s Village has tennis courts, football pitches, seven swimming pools, and can accommodate approximately 18,000 athletes and officials.

Meanwhile, Tolan said the official welcoming ceremony to the village went extremely well, although most of the athletes missed it through training. (Jamaica Observer)

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