Rio Mayor: ‘Foreigners’ to Blame for Olympic Village Mess

Screen-Shot-2016-07-01-at-8.37.38-AM-650x429The Olympic Village is a mess. With the Games set to begin next week, many of the athletes have already moved in to find blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, and a host of other problems.

Now, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes is speaking out, saying the decrepit lodging is not his fault, nor that of any of his constituents. In an interview with AFP, Paes blamed the shoddy conditions on an organizing committee whose membership is comprised of “foreigners.”

“It wasn’t a Brazilian in charge of the Olympic village. Only foreigners,” he added. “At least people can’t say the Brazilians are disorganized. The boss was (Argentine national) Mario Cilenti.”

Paes told AFP that the accomodations were up to par before the organizing committee took over.

The athletes’ village was ready. Then the organizing committee took charge for three months, and there were extremely serious management problems. During those three months, people intruded into the apartments and a lot of things were stolen.

Paes seems to recognize that Rio won’t get a second-chance to make a first impression.

“It was an unacceptable mistake. Which is too bad, because that was the launch of the Olympics.”

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