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Rio de Janeiro - With
the Rio Olympics barely begun, Australia is already in pole position
for a gold medal in grizzling, with complaints ranging from inadequate
shower curtains to a "cloudy" swimming pool.
As the whining from the Aussie camp reaches the pitch of a
Zika-bearing mosquito, AFP Sports looks at the top five Olympic
objections from the land Down Under.
Australia has led the way in highlighting problems with accommodation
at the athletes' Village, going so far as to arrange "stress test"
involving mass toilet flushing. "Water came down walls, there was a
strong smell of gas in some apartments and there was 'shorting' in the
electrical wiring," an Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) statement
said. Rio's mayor Eduardo Paes joked he'd give the Aussies a kangaroo to
make them feel better, then AOC delegation chief Kitty Chiller said
she'd rather he send a good plumber before the pair kissed and made up
for the cameras.
Australian basketballer Andrew Bogut still had concerns about the
accommodation though, airing his complaints in a series of tweets with
the hashtag #IOCLuxuryLodging. "At #IOCLuxuryLodging we believe a bed is
not vital for sleep. Fine tuned athletes can sleep standing up," the
seven-foot (2.13m) centre tweeted. "#IOCLuxuryLodging will not comment
on our delegates penthouse villas in downtown Rio," he added. Bogut, who
recently completed a multi-million dollar move to the NBA's Dallas
Mavericks, also tweeted a picture of himself "putting together a shower
curtain so we can shower and not flood the place."
Michael Bohl, one of Australia's leading swim coaches, refused to let
his charges train in the main training pool at Barra da Tijuca because
the water looked "cloudy" and "soupy". "That pool looked really cloudy,”
Bohl told reporters. "Rather than risk getting eye or ear or nose
infections or anything we just thought we’d move them in here (the
competition pool). It was very soupy looking."
In further drama for the Aussie swimmers, Fairfax Media reported 400m
hopeful Mack Horton's training was disrupted when China's Olympic
champion Sun Yang kept splashing him. Horton, 20, reportedly "needed all
his patience" to avoid rising to Sun's baiting. China team manager Xu
Qi denied there was any tension, telling the state-run Xinhua news
agency: “It is fake news - Sun Yang and the Australian swimmers are very
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Australians have raised security concerns in Rio, including thefts at
the Village during a fire evacuation. A Channel Nine television crew
also hit trouble at Copacabana Beach just an hour after landing in the
Olympic city, when a cross dresser armed with what was thought to be a
brick in a pink handbag attempted to rob them. "There was a group of
transvestites and it all happened in a flash," reporter Christine Ahern
told Melbourne radio. "One came straight for my cameraman Glen and
that’s when security intervened, but he did get clocked (hit) on the
head with a handbag, which had a brick or something in it as it was