New Zealand satisfied with Rio Village after remedial work

Mon Jul 25, 2016 1:55pm EDT
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(Reuters) - New Zealand's Olympic team said they were satisfied with their accommodation for the Rio de Janeiro Games on Sunday, despite their trans-Tasman Sea neighbors Australia refusing to move in.

The Australian Olympic team have declined to take up their apartments in the village with Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller saying the accommodation was "not safe or ready".

The Italian team also said some areas of the village were not ready and that they had been forced to hire workmen to carry out emergency repairs.

The New Zealand Chef de Mission Rob Waddell said, however, he was happy with the accommodation, even if the advance team had needed to work with organizers to get it up to standard.

Waddell and his 10-strong advance party arrived in Rio last week and also found plumbing and electrical issues, but managed to fix them in time.

"We were disappointed the village wasn't as ready as it might have been when we arrived and it hasn't been easy," the Sydney Olympics rowing champion said.

"Our team has had to get stuck in to get the job done.

"We're pleased to say that thanks to the New Zealand team's planning, strong relationships and a bit of hard work were ready for the first athletes to arrive."

Italy's team leader Carlo Mornati said on Sunday some parts of the village were not ready to host athletes when it opened for business on Sunday.   Continued...

A view of one of the blocks of apartments where Australian athletes competing in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are supposed to stay in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares