If the nightmare of blocked toilets accompanied by a fire wasn’t bad more than enough for the Australian athletes in the Rio Olympic village, to include salt to the wound, they’ve also had home stolen during an evacuation of the team’s building.
Australian Chef de Objective Kitty Chiller, who has already established to handle her team’s discontent, said a notebook and Zika-protective team shirts have been stolen by persons who entered the building through the evacuation.
Roughly 100 athletes were evacuated Friday after a tiny fire broke away in the basement carpark of the Olympic Village apartments housing the Australian team.
Kitty Chiller the Australian Olympic Crew Chef de Mission
“When I arrived midway through the evacuation, I saw three fire (marshals) walking out with our team shirts,” Chiller told reporters. “I should take back fire marshals — I don’t know who they were. They were not team members.”
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Chiller said she did not question the three people as she believed they had been gifted the shirts while a thank you.
“I didn’t know if they were volunteers who had been given a shirt because they’d helped us,” she continued. “But it doesn’t seem to have been what happened.”
The building had to be evacuated for 30 minutes.
The shirts were the team’s long-sleeved “Zika shirts,” designed to protect athletes from the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The shirts had only been delivered on the morning of the fire.
A laptop was also reported missing from one of the cycling officials staying on the fifth floor.
The Australian team were equally annoyed that the fire alarms had been deactivated in their building, which meant veteran shooter Warren Potent actually slept through the entire evacuation.
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“I didn’t know it even happened, to be honest,” Potent told reporters Saturday.
Chiller said the alarms had been disabled without the knowledge of anyone on the Australian group, while maintenance work was being carried out on the building next door.
“Obviously that is completely unacceptable that (a) the fire alarm was disabled and (b) that if it had to be, that we weren’t warned about this,” she said.
An investigation is currently underway involving Rio 2016 and the Australian Olympic Committee.
This is the latest in several issues afflicting the Australian team, who only moved in to the athlete’s village Wednesday, three times after the official opening.
The delegation in the beginning refused to occupy their building citing blocked toilets, leaky pipes and exposed wires.