5 athletes share their Olympic Village issues

2016-08-11 16:53
Rio Olympic beds (Getty Images)

Cape Town - We're nearly a week into the Olympic Games and although we've enjoying the action on the field and in the pool, some athletes are having a hard time dealing with the inadequate lodgings in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro.

Some have even abandoned the Olympic Village by opting to stay in an apartment nearby their facilities.

We look at 5 Olympian athletes who have shown their discomfort living in the Village via social media:

How to turn on the shower – Olympic Village way

American water polo team-mates Alex Bowen and John Mann found a unique way to turn their shower on. Mann posted a video on his Instagram account of Bowen putting their Olympic Village shower on by turning the faucet at the sink.

@abrickbowen figured out the shower in the #olympicvillage ?????? #stronger #olympics

A video posted by John Mann (@instaamann) on

Leaking Czech building

Czech Republic cyclist Zdenek Stybar posted a video of their apartment leaking through the stairs. He jokingly said: “Great we have new shower in the house.

Great we have new shower in the house. ????????

A video posted by Zdenek Stybar (@stybarzdenek) on

Trapped in an elevator

Before Juan Martin Del Potro defeated world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the men's singles tennis event, the Argentinean was stuck in an elevator at the athletes' village. Del Potro’s publicist posted an image of the tennis star sitting helplessly in the elevator, which occurred during a power outage.

According to AP, after being stuck for approximately 40 minutes, the Argentinean handball team rescued Del Potro when they heard someone shouting from the elevator.

Taping the Olympic village

Team China recently posted on their official Twitter account that the Chinese athletes were using duct tape as a handy tool to repair toilets in their Olympic lodgings.

They also posted a video of two Chinese table tennis players attempting to fix the shower curtain with the caption: “God helps those who help themselves.

Aussies lodging woes

Prior to the event, the Australian athletes announced that they will not move into the Olympic Village until all their serious plumbing, electrical and cleaning problems were fixed.

Almost a week into the games, some Australian athletes who have moved into their rooms aren’t too pleased with the set-up.

Basketball player Andrew Bogut posted an image of him fixing a shower curtain so he “cannot flood the place” using the ironic hashtag #IOCLuxuryLodging.

Australian hockey player, Georgie Parker tweeted that there was no lights in the bathroom and she had to use her phone (the one all athletes received) to light up the area.

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