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State-of-the-art polyclinic unveiled in Rio 2016 Olympic Village

By Rio 2016 22/07/2016 19H15

After the Games, medical equipment used to treat athletes will be donated to public healthcare

State-of-the-art polyclinic unveiled in Rio 2016 Olympic Village

CT room: the clinic has the very latest in image testing equipment (Photo: Rio 2016/Gabriel Heusi)

Well equipped with x-ray rooms, MRI scanners, dentist surgeries and physical therapy rooms, the polyclinic of the athletes' village was officially opened on Friday (22 June). The 3,500 square meter space, the largest in Olympic history, will be the resting place for athletes from all over the world.

“We have everything an athlete needs here in terms of both preventative and emergency care,” said João Grangeiro, director of medical services for Rio 2016. “Even though many countries will bring their own medical teams, here we have all the necessities to offer our support.”

qT73tbJP.jpgImage laboratory: capable of identifying injuries in a few minutes (Photo: Rio 2016/Gabriel Heusi)

As well as an image laboratory, the polyclinic also has the capacity to offer emergency care for up to 60 patients simultaneously and eight cryotherapy pools.

Some of the Games sponsors have supported the clinic's creation, such as P&G, which provided the dental materials. General Electronic (GE) decorated the reception area and also advised on the relocation of the medical equipment – such as magnetic resonance and X-ray machines – which will be donated to public healthcare.

The polyclinic also has six emergency beds operating around the clock. If a surgical procedure is required, athletes will be sent to the Vitória hospital in nearby Barra da Tijuca.


Cryotherapy pools for extremely low temperature treatment (Photo: Rio 2016/Gabriel Heusi)

About 5,000 volunteers will aid professionals in medical assistance for athletes, technical committees and the general public at Rio 2016 venues. While 112 health centres will be scattered across the city to add to the service on offer from the four public hospitals.






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Ready or Not: Rio Olympics open doors at Athletes Village


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Ready or not, the Rio Olympics are opening their doors.

The Games begin in just over two weeks, but the Athletes Village opens officially on Sunday, meaning 10,500 athletes and another 7,000 staff members will start trickling into the luxurious layout, with the pace picking up daily until the Aug. 5 opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.

The 31-building compound should pamper the world's best. It's set among tennis courts, soccer fields, seven swimming pools - with mountains and the sea as a backdrop - and topped off by a massive dining-kitchen compound that's as large as three football fields.

"I want to help all the athletes have a wonderful welcome to Brazil," said Priscilla Antonello, a residence center deputy manager whose job is to help athletes find their accommodations.

Will she be star-struck by so many Olympians?

"I couldn't be in this job if I behaved like that," she replied Saturday, standing on the 13th floor of one of buildings, gazing out over cycling paths, bubbling fountains and lots of green.

She already knows which countries will be where, but she's not allowed to say.

Some delegations had already arrived on Saturday, easy to spot with banners or flags hanging off the sides of buildings.

Slovenia had the best banner. In green and white it says: "I Feel sLOVEenia." The LOVE portion was set off in white type, making sure the message got across.

Another read: "All for Denmark."

Banners or flags from Canada, Britain, Portugal, Finland and Sweden were among those spotted. A tiny red and yellow Chinese flag was pinned near the top of one of the compounds.

Everything about the village is massive, though fairly standard for recent Summer Olympics.

Organizers say the compound has:

- 10,160 rooms; 18,000 beds; seven laundries; an enormous, hospital-like clinic; a massive gym.

In addition, organizers are providing 450,000 condoms, three times more than London did four years ago. Among them will be 100,000 female condoms.

Organizers said this is to encourage safe sex. Many had considered that increased supply to be due to Brazil's outbreak of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

Asked about it on Saturday, deputy chief medical officer Marcelo Patricio replied: "No, it's not."

Then there's the dining-kitchen area, a sprawling tent where officials expect to serve about 60,000 meals daily to Olympians and staff - and perhaps another 10,000 daily to the hired help.

"The hardest part is knowing how much to prepare," said Flavia Albuquerque, who oversees Rio's food and beverage service. "We want them to eat anything they want to."

That will be easy. The choices are nearly infinite. Diners will choose from different buffets - Brazilian, Asian, International, and Pasta and Pizza. Then there's a casual dining area that will feature barbeque.

"The casual area might be the most popular," Albuquerque said.

There will be lots of dirty plates, but none to wash. The plates will be biodegradable, made of corn and sugar cane.

Brazilians figure their food will be a hit: rice, black beans, farofa (flour from toasted cassava often sprinkled on top of food) and meat. And Brazil's exotic juice will be popular: caju, acai, carambola, caqui, goiaba and maracuja, often squeezed into juices - sucos in Portuguese.

Billionaire real estate developer Carlos Carvalho might have the only problem.

He aims to sell the 3,604 apartments after the Olympics - some in the range of 2.3 million ($700,000). Carvalho's company Carvalho Hosken has declined to say how many have been sold, but reports say only between 6-10 percent.

The project is a victim of Brazil's deep recession, the worst since the 1930s.

Carvalho Hosken earlier said the project's total cost was about $1.5 billion, including construction, land acquisition and other development costs.




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Robert Craddock, The Courier-Mail
an hour ago

UPDATE: WATER LEAKS, unlit stairwells, blocked toilets - Rio’s Olympic village is under siege.

Australia has arranged for Monday’s first arrivals, including canoeing star Jessica Fox and boxer Shelley Watts, to stay in hotels due to major safety issues in the athletes’ village including sewage flowing into showers.

Australia’s team management have refused to stay in the village because they do not believe it is safe with leaks, bad lighting and other electrical issues.

Discussions are continuing whether the canoeing and boxing teams will be allowed to stay there when they become the first Australian teams to land in Rio on Monday.

“I think the three main areas of concern for us were gas, plumbing and electricity - three pretty vital things,” Australian Olympic boss Kitty Chiller told the Nine Network.

Chiller and AOC chief executive Fiona de Jong have attended emergency meetings every evening for the good part of a week.

Rio was announced as the Games host city on October 2, 2009, but with political and economic upheaval in the country they have struggled to keep pace with construction deadlines even with that generous deadline.

One observer said there was a major clean-up required in the Olympic village as well as safety and practical issues to be addressed.



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2 hours ago, Rob. said:

Rio 2016 must be (weirdly) thankful the IOC has copped-out on sanctioning Russia for its state-sanctioned doping. That will instead dominate the headlines instead of this rather big organisational failure.

So far, only the australians  have complained about the olympic village.

Every host city had operational problems before the opening ceremony.

Have we forgotten London buses who lost their way, thelost  keys to Wembley etc.?

Let's give Brazilians a break, at least for now...

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I was about to say, it's the biggest, grandest Village yet -- but Rio 2016 did not leave themselves enough time to kick their own tires and give it a once-go-over.  That's what happens when everything is left until the last minute -- no time to fix glitches.  And then having to accredit repairmen who shoudn't be in the Village as the teams check in.  Ay-yay-yay.  

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4 minutes ago, Rob. said:

Oh dear. And it seems NZ and UK also complained. Eduardo Paes (Rio's mayor) answer is also so antiprofessional and defensive, saying their village was better than Sydney's and "Maybe if we put a kangaroo at the entrance they will feel like home". Literally what the hell?

This is starting to sound similar to the disaster that was the 2010 Commonwealth Games village. 

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Paes is a fucking idiot. He's come out with stuff like that before when people have questioned things. Guess he's trying to out-Boris Boris Johnson.

To be honest, this sounds rectifiable if they get enough people in and quick. Delhi had problems with virtually everything (venues, accommodation, merchandise, ticketing etc etc). I don't think it's fair to compare Rio to Delhi 2010.

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A spokesperson of Rio 2016 Committee stated that a team of 500 people is working to fix those problems. It's expected that everything will be fine until next wednesday.

Rio's mayor gave this same kind of statement and in the end made this weird joke because he always talks too much.

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