Thomas Bach arrived in Rio de Janiero on Thursday (28 July) and wasted no time in getting acquainted with the facilities the athletes, and himself, will be using at the Olympic Village.
Athletes arriving at the accommodation have complained of dirty and unfinished rooms in the latest headache for competition organizers, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President was positive as he unpacked in his own room within the village.
“I like it very much, because in the Olympic village is where the heart of the Olympic Games is beating. I think you can ask anybody who ever lived in an Olympic village wants to come back. And I’m happy to be back,” said Bach.
Bach added that he plans on spending a few nights during the competition in the Olympic Village, but that he wouldn’t be fully moving into his room before the games start next week.
Many of the athletes have been at the village since it officially opened last Sunday (24 July) and have expressed concerns about the safety of the 31-building complex after encountering plumbing, electrical and cleaning problems.
The Australian Olympic Committee has decided to find alternative accommodation for their athletes until the issues are resolved and some others have brought in outside contractors to help complete works.
The Rio organizers have deployed 630 people to work around the clock to ensure that the 3,600 apartments are finished in time.