Mês: julho 2016 (Página 1 de 5)
RIO DE JANEIRO — Olympic officials were scrambling and hundreds of handymen, electricians and plumbers were working round the clock Tuesday to fix a multitude of infrastructure problems plaguing the Olympic Village here, as complaints appeared to be more widespread than initially thought.
There were some signs of progress. Members of Australia’s Olympic Committee, which first publicly voiced criticism of the village’s condition Sunday, said at a news conference Tuesday that they were satisfied with the efforts, and that their athletes would start moving into the village on Tuesday evening.
Italy, which had hired its own Brazilian contractors to make improvements and repairs, also said its situation had improved. “Today it is better,” said Danilo Di Tommaso, the communications director of Italy’s Olympic team.
Officials with the Rio organizing committee said that 21 of the 31 buildings were ready, up from 16 on Monday, and that they expected the rest to be ready for occupancy by Thursday.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 5.
Still, the complaints and the fact that many athletes could not move into their accommodations when they arrived were an embarrassment to both Olympic and Rio city officials, as well as the private construction companies commissioned to build the village.
Eduardo Paes, Rio’s mayor, has been severely criticized for his planning of the Summer Games, and in particular his emphasis on developing the western part of the city, which is widely seen as more beneficial to major real estate and construction companies than to ordinary Brazilians. After the Olympics, the village apartments are supposed to be sold and turned into residential housing.
The problems with the village come as Brazil faces major political and economic crises, and a Zika epidemic. On Tuesday, reports emerged that the former presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Fernando Henrique Cardoso would not attend the opening ceremony. Dilma Rousseff, the current president who is facing an impeachment trial, is not expected to attend, either.
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