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Rio Olympic village branded as unsanitary by Belarus team

Published 26/07/2016 | 11:21

The Olympic team of Belarus said the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro has no hot water and a failing sewage system (AP)
The Olympic team of Belarus said the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro has no hot water and a failing sewage system (AP)

The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in over health concerns.

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It has complained about having no hot water, only sometimes cold water, and a failing sewage system.

Posting pictures on its website of dirty windows and a filthy shower the Belarus Olympic Committee says "there remains much for the Rio organising committee to do so that the living conditions meet sanitary requirements."

Australia's athletes refused to move into the village on Sunday, with delegation head Kitty Chiller saying water leaks and electrical problems had "endangered" athletes.

However, Ms Chiller since said she expects the Australians to move in on Wednesday, after having paid for hotel accommodation for athletes and cleaning services.

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