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Rio de Janeiro Mayor hits out at Olympic organisers

Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes lashed out on Friday at the city's Olympics organising committee, accusing it of "serious problems" in managing the crisis-plagued athletes' village.

In a rare show of disunity a week before the Games, Mr Paes blamed the Rio2016 committee for a slew of problems at the village, which has been his public relations nightmare all week.

"The athletes' village was ready. Then the organising committee took charge for three months, and there were extremely serious management problems," he said.

"During those three months, people intruded into the apartments and a lot of things were stolen," Mr Paes said in an interview with O Estado de Sao Paulo.

"The doors were left half-open. The organising committee was careless, objectively speaking."

He said his office was informed of the problems only on Thursday last week, despite a series of weekly meetings between his staff and the organising committee.

Mr Paes's week got off to a rough start on Sunday when the Olympic village opened to a boycott from Australia, which refused to move in because of exposed wiring, leaking pipes, blocked toilets, unlighted stairwells and other problems.

The mayor's ensuing quip that he would have a kangaroo placed outside to make the Australians feel at home did not go down well, exploding into a controversy dubbed #kangaroogate on Twitter.

Mr Paes and the Australian delegation chief, Kitty Chiller, buried the hatchet on Wednesday, when he apologised for the construction hiccups and presented her a symbolic key to the city.

"It wasn't a Brazilian in charge of the Olympic village. Only foreigners," he added.

"At least people can't say the Brazilians are disorganised. The boss was (Argentine national) Mario Cilenti."

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About identifying the nations on the Olympic village housing.


Nobody expects the organization to overreact and crap over the innocuous, saccharine ambience and celebratory mood that the Olympic village is supposed to represent, only because of the misguided "security" concerns of armchair threat assessment analysts who are routinely fed nothing but paranoia on their American tube.

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6 hours ago, Hartsarts said:

China really don't like the Olympic Village apparently


(On a side note, I wonder why they didn't like London 2012, I thought it was on of the best personally...)

Yeah....Chinese state media did a bit of a hatchet job on the London Games in general - partially I suppose to show their own Games couldn't be topped and also probably a little bit in revenge for the protests in London during their torch relay 4 years earlier.

Of course, whatever London did, we didn't re-route the water supply of an entire suburb to supply our Olympic Park. We'll always have that over the Chineasy-Orimpics

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On 30/7/2016 at 2:41 PM, paul said:


"It wasn't a Brazilian in charge of the Olympic village. Only foreigners," he added.

"At least people can't say the Brazilians are disorganised. The boss was (Argentine national) Mario Cilenti."


This is so typically brazilian, they get super defensive when they get criticized and start to blame the "foreigners" despite this person already helped in organization of PanAm 2007.

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Here we go ... thefts at Olympic Village from the emergency workers!!  

Maybe the glitches in the Village were purposely put in there, so that workpersons' accreditations were rushed; therefore NOT properly vetted.  And so were able to steal personal effects of the Athletes.  This is really TERRIBLE PLANNING on Rio-OCOG's part.  For shame.  

Ah so, that's why they deleted the Gisele Bunchen's "robbery" portion from the OC?  The truth hit too close to home?  :blink:  Would have made a GREAT STORY by the global media covering the OC tomorrow night!! 



Rio de Janeiro: Security at Rio's Olympic Village was handed a further blow on Wednesday when Danish athletes revealed they have had items stolen while organisers issued a public apology to competitors who have fallen victim to crime.

Denmark's chef de mission Morten Rodtwitt told broadcaster TV 2 that mobile phones, clothing and an iPad had gone missing.

"In connection with the many extra workers, cleaners and housekeepers who have been squeezed into the Olympic village because of our requirements and requests, we have been subjected to a series of thefts," he said, adding that he himself had his iPad stolen.

"It's everything from phones, iPads and clothes to something as trivial as bed sheets."

Since July 18 the Danish delegation has lodged around 150 complaints over problems in its 36 apartments in the Olympic village.

"The buildings are simply not in order," Ulrik Wilbek, sports director of the Danish Handball Federation, told TV 2.

The news follows the theft of a laptop and team shirts from the Australian delegation during a fire evacuation on Friday.

Australia chef de mission Kitty Chiller said during the evacuation she had noticed three fire marshals apparently stealing the Australia team shirts.

"When I arrived, which was halfway through the evacuation, I saw three fire marshals -- I don't know who they were -- walking out with team shirts," she said.

"I thought maybe they have helped evacuate people and we've given them a shirt. It doesn't seem to be what happened.

"We don't know how many team shirts were taken and, yes, that's concerning."

After the fire, Chiller said Rio 2016 organizers had increased security throughout the Olympic village.

Rio's crime rate has been one of the biggest concerns heading into the Olympics.

China revealed on Friday members of its Olympic delegation had already fallen victim to theft.

Mario Andrada, spokesman of Rio 2016, apologized to the tourists and athletes who have been victims.

"They are our guests in Brazil. We feel very sorry. I hope they understand that we are very sorry about this," he told China's Xinhua news agency.

"We will communicate with the security to make sure we find quickly an answer about why they were robbed, where they were robbed and by whom to see if something could be recovered."

Rio Olympics' overall security personnel is around 88,000 -- the figure is more than double that used for the the London Olympics in 2012.

"Don't count money in the street. If you have a nice camera, put it into a bag and only use when you have to take pictures," advised Andrada.

"If you are alert, if you are looking around and paying attention, your chance of being a victim will be decreased. The bad guys usually look for people who are not paying attention."

Chiller said the vast size of the Olympic Village, which houses thousands of athletes and support staff, theft was "inevitable".



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On 7/31/2016 at 4:38 AM, baron-pierreIV said:

Faiyez, blah-blah-blah. 

With a name like yours, you probably don't want the venues guarded, so you can inform your comrades to go and invade the weak points and behead people, doncha?  Yup, you're just the type!!

U're an idiot,  U go on IGNORE.  

What the helll is wrong with you?  That is a completely out of order response.

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