The International Olympic Committee and local organizers held emergency talks Sunday just hours before the sprawling Athletes Village was set to open officially. The 31-building village will house 18,000 athletes and officials at the height of the games.
In a statement Sunday, the Australian Olympic Committee says it will not permit any of its athletes to move into their rooms.
Australian Olympic Committee spokesman Mike Tancred says the building for his team has “leaking pipes, water leaking from the ceiling. We’ve got electrical problems. We’ve got cleaning problems.”
Rio expects more than 10,000 athletes and half a million tourists, putting a major strain on public services. Rio itself is also already plagued by violent crime is battling a crime wave ahead of the games, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.
Rio is broke due to a massive recession. Police stations are taking public donations – including toilet paper – because the government can’t afford to supply them with anything from printer paper to fuel for their squad cars.
Human body parts recently washed up on Copacabana Beach next to the Olympic beach volleyball arena. Gunmen stormed a hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker and ended up killing a patient, and some Olympic athletes have been mugged on the street. But during the games, the Brazilian government said 47,000 police officers and 38,000 soldiers will be on patrol in Rio — twice the size of the security force at the 2012 London Olympics.
Rio’s state security secretary said the city’s security apparatus – including command centers – was successful during the 2014 World Cup held in Rio and the Pope’s visit in 2013. Despite budget cuts, he said there is enough money to secure the games, but the security of the city before and after the Olympics will be worse.
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