Look: Athletes Aren't Going to Like the Horrible Conditions at Rio's Olympic Village

Look: Athletes Aren't Going to Like the Horrible Conditions at Rio's Olympic Village

Blocked toilets aren't even the worst of it.

Published July 26, 2016

Serena WilliamsKevin Durant and Simone Biles will be tested at the 2016 Olympics — not just with the competition in their respective sports, but the conditions in Rio.

BuzzFeed is reporting that everything from blocked toilets to puddles around exposed wiring, leaking pipes and no lights in stairwells are plaguing the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro right now.

The problems are so bad that the Australian Olympic team told BuzzFeed that it won't be staying in the Olympic Village due to the facility's serious issues.

This combined with lingering concerns about the Zika virus should be a major issue to all Olympic athletes for the Summer Games, which is scheduled to start August 5.

BuzzFeed reports that more than 17,000 people — athletes and team officials — are scheduled to fill up the Olympic Village, with teams having already touched down in Rio.

Making matters even worse is 19 of the 31 buildings in Rio's Olympic Village failed safety inspections -- and we're just over a week from the start of the Summer Games.

Over the weekend, Australian chef de mission, Kitty Chiller, conducted a "stress test" at the Olympic Village and the results were downright scary.

"Last night (Saturday), we decided to do a 'stress test' where taps and toilets were simultaneously turned on in apartments on several floors to see if the system could cope once the athletes are in-house," Chiller wrote in a statement Sunday. "The system failed. Water came down walls, there was a strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was 'shorting' in the electrical wiring."  

She added that "the Village is simply not safe or ready."

The Australian team has already moved to a nearby hotel.

This isn't how any athlete would want to head into the 2016 Olympics. Should be interesting to say the least.

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Written by BET Staff

(Photos from left: Ethan Miller/Getty Images, Ian MacNicol/Getty images, Florian Eisele - AELTC Pool/Getty Images)


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