Rio officially opens Olympic Village
Less than two weeks before the Games begin, the Olympic Village in Rio has open its door to athletes and officials from all over the world.
The Olympic Village, a 31-building complex located in Barra da Tijuca district in the west of Rio de Janeiro, has 3,600 apartments that will be home to more than 17,000 athletes and team officials during the Olympic Games and 6,000 people during the Paralympic Games.
The 47-year-old basketball great Janeth Arcain, who is the mayor of the village, cut the ribbon together with Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor Eduardo Paes and head of the Organising Committee Carlos Nuzman to symbolise the opening of the village, Xinhua reported.
Some foreign athletes, including some refugee athletes, have already moved in the village, which includes a 24-hour gym, multi-faith centre, florist, convenience stores, bank, post office, hairdresser and beauty salon, as well as a vast food hall that will serve more than 60,000 meals a day during the Games period.
But according to Rio 2016 spokesperson Mario Andrada, no Russian athlete has moved in so far.
The IOC earlier in the day decided not to impose a blanket ban on Russia from the Rio Olympics and let each summer sports International Federation (IF) determine each athlete’s eligibility.