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Rio Olympics 2016: Dreadful accommodation facilities drive Andrew Bogut to mock officials on Twitter

Tanuj Kar
ANALYST
News
Published Aug 04, 2016
Aug 04, 2016 IST
The Olympic Village in Rio has been the subject of severe criticism lately

Like any other Olympian bracing for this edition of the Games, Australian basketball star Andrew Bogut had made his excitement at being a part of the Rio Olympics 2016 known as soon as he arrived in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Within a few hours, however, there was a stark contrast noticed in his views of the place he’d be staying at for the coming weeks.

The 7-footer who plays for the Dallas Mavericks didn’t hold back while expressing his displeasure with the facilities provided at the Olympic Village, but he chose a sarcastic way to let his feelings known. As  word spread, more sportspersons joined in to share their grievances under the hashtag #IOCLuxuryLodging which triggered contempt, pity or outright humour due to their comical tone.

Problems galore for teams at Rio

Indian hockey coach Roelant Oltmans, too, had earlier complained about the lack of beds to sleep on in the players’ apartments which only had bean bags to rest upon. Big man Andrew’s plight at the same was communicated via one hilarious tweet that’s given below:

Overall, the Aussies’ stay at the athletes’ village has been far from pleasant so far. Four female water polo players were quarantined for illness, which was followed a small fire breaking out in their building that mandated an emergency evacuation, further leading to laptops and other belongings being stolen.

One would hope that with just a day to go before the Olympics to flag off, focus shifts from the sidelines to the much-awaited sporting action at the centre of it all.

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