At the Games Village of the Rio Olympics, unfurnished apartments and leaking pipes have everyone talking about if Brazil is really ready to hold the mega sports event, scheduled to start on Friday . Most recently, Australian athletes did not move into the village citing blocked toilets. On Monday, India hockey coach Roelant Oltmans complained of unfurnished apartments provided for his players. There was a case of fire outbreak in the Village as well.
Amid these infrastructural issues in the Village dominating headlines, the British Olympic team have taken an important decision, employing their own plumber to correct any damages.
There are 266 British athletes who will be staying in the Village. They would like to reside in a comfortable atmosphere. Great Britain's chef de mission Mark England said they have got a plumber, who keeps a check on such things daily.
"We've got our own plumber that comes in on a daily basis -- he's not at all overworked, but he's there just in case something gets stuck. Maybe somebody's showers are a bit colder in the morning than they would have liked. But we've prepared," England told reporters.
"The bombeiros, which is the fire service, they've completely tested our building on a number of occasions and we're very satisfied with the certificates that we've seen as well."
Great Britain were impressive in the last edition of the Olympics, winning 29 gold medals, 17 silver, 19 bronze, and finished third in the medals tally. England believes they can better that record in Rio.
"We're here to make history. We think we've got the best ever chance, we think we've got the most talented team that's ever been to an away Games. It's certainly the largest team we've taken away for over a quarter of a century, since Barcelona 1992. We're 366 strong and each and every one of those athletes has a very, very good chance of doing something very special out here," England said.