LOS ANGELES, CA - The 2016 Olympics are right around the corner. The Athletes Village opened Sunday and the games begin on August 5th. But the Athletes aren’t quite getting a hero’s welcome. Blocked toilets, leaky pipes, and exposed wires, just a few reasons why Australia’s Olympic team refused to move into the Athletes Village.
The Australian Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller told journalists, “We felt that our building was not safe, because of a combination of plumbing and electrical issues.”
Argentina’s Olympic delegation is also renting apartments outside of Olympic Village for its athletes.
Gerardo Werthein, president of the Argentine Olympic Committee explained, “In our building, we have five floors and two of them are uninhabitable.”
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro appeared to make light of the situation. He spoke to the press about the Australian Olympic Committee and joked, “We want them to feel at home here, I almost feel like putting a kangaroo to jump up and down in front of their building.”
WHAT?!?! Who says that?
Australian committee spokesman Mike Tancred was not having it. He shot back with a statement, “We do not need Kangaroos, we need plumbers to account for the many puddles found in the apartments.”
Well we hope we hope this all gets fixed before the games begin on August 5th and that all of these hard working athletes from around the world feel safe. And to the Mayor of Rio… no more Kangaroo jokes man. Just...don’t.