Thursday 29 September 2016

The Olympic Council of Ireland has a very different view on the 'uninhabitable' athletes' village

Published 25/07/2016 | 14:34

Team Ireland boxers, from left, Paddy Barnes, David Oliver Joyce, Michael Conlan, Michael O’Reilly, Joe Ward, Stephen Donnelly and Brendan Irvine prior to their departure for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio at Dublin Airport. Photo: Brendan Moran
Team Ireland boxers, from left, Paddy Barnes, David Oliver Joyce, Michael Conlan, Michael O’Reilly, Joe Ward, Stephen Donnelly and Brendan Irvine prior to their departure for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio at Dublin Airport. Photo: Brendan Moran

The upcoming Rio Olympics is less than two weeks away but there is still a degree of uncertainty surrounding some elements of the preparation.

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Yesterday, the Australian Olympic team released a statement saying they were delaying their athletes' arrival at their accommodation in the Olympic village because of plumbing, electrical and gas problems.

Read more: The state of the 'uninhabitable' athletes' village is a clear indication that the Rio Olympics is a shambles

The Australians painted a picture of complete disarray at the athletes' village, which is seriously worrying with competitors already arriving in Rio de Janeiro to continue their preparation.

However, Team Ireland don't share the same view as their Antipodean counterparts. In a statement given to Independent.ie, the Olympic Council of Ireland confirmed that they are happy with their accommodation despite the 'minor maintenance issues'.

“We are aware of some minor maintenance issues raised regarding the Olympic Village but we are delighted with the standard of facilities," the statement said.

"Our athletes are our number one priority and they will have a home from home during their stay in Rio. We look forward to welcoming our first group to their accommodation today.”

The Olympic opening ceremony is set to take place on Friday August 5.

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