The mayor of Rio de Janeiro has offered to get a kangaroo for the Australian Olympic team after they refused to move into the Athletes' Village over safety fears.
"I nearly feel like putting a kangaroo in front of their building to make them feel at home", mayor Eduardo Paes said, according to the Courier Mail - to which Kitty sarcastically replied to the Courier, "We've already got a kangaroo, we don't need another one".
"We will evaluate this situation with International Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 after the Games", Chief of Mission Maurits Hendriks, said in a statement issued on Sunday night. "I haven't had to concern myself with any of the leakages of the water or anything, but walking in there I just couldn't wipe the smile off my face", she said.
In Building 23, the Australians noticed electrical shorting and a strong smell of gas in some apartments.
Delays often occur in the final run-up to staging the Olympics, but Brazilian organisers have been embarrassed by a barrage of multiple problems as they prepare for South America's first Games.
"It's looking like, according to our plan, that we will be able to move everybody in on Wednesday", Chiller said, speaking Monday at Rio's Olympic Park.
The 31-building village is expected to house 18,000 athletes and officials at the height of the games.
Chiller said this was her fifth Olympics, and she came down hard on village preparations. A spokesperson cites plumbing problems, electrical outages and cleaning issues as concerns. "All Olympic Games and villages have had problems in the past".
Australia's criticisms were immediately dismissed by Rio de Janeiro Mayor, Eduardo Paes. "I nearly feel like putting a kangaroo in front of their building to make them feel at home". Blocked toilets, risky wiring and other problems in Rio's Olympic Village will be resolved by the end of the week, Brazilian organisers said yesterday as new reports of glitches emerged.
While praising the village's beauty, both the Italian and American Olympic committees have acknowledged the issues, and several teams are hiring tradesmen to fix the problems.
The Australian Olympic team tried to move into the Olympic village and were apparently greeted with blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring, among other unpleasant conditions.
Another selling point is apparently how spartan the Olympic village apartments are, with metal beds, bedside tables and disposable wardrobes made with recycled fabrics. "We'll work out who pays the bill later on".
The New Zealand delegation chief Rob Waddell stated that the complex was not completed when he arrived last week.