IS RIO READY???

IS RIO READY???

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The Olympic Village in Rio opened its doors to the world’s athletes yesterday, less than two weeks before the Games begin, but Australia immediately boycotted the facility, calling it “simply not safe or ready.”

Even Brazilian athletes who were meant to have started taking up lodgings in the brand-new complex from Sunday were being kept in hotels instead.

Britain’s delegation said it too had encountered some “maintenance difficulties,” but added it was staying in the Village as planned.

The Olympic Games — the first to be held in South America — are to open on August 5th, less than two weeks away.

The lack of preparedness in the Olympic Village was another embarrassing blow for hosts Brazil, which are struggling to show all will be well at the event.

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