Journalists covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, already have a story at hand: the “terrible tales of blocked toilets, broken doors and toxic water supplies,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Despite billions of dollars having been poured into the Olympic Village and infrastructure of Sochi, the conditions for visiting journalists are rustic to the extreme,” the article reports.
Even though the Olympics don’t officially kick off until Friday with the opening ceremony, the Games “are already starting off on a sour note,” the piece adds.
The story reports: “With light bulbs, WiFi, door handles — and even the doors themselves — noticeably absent from many hotels housing the media, members of the press are sharing their horror stories on Twitter.”
Harry Reekie of CNN wrote that the network booked its rooms five months ago, but apparently didn’t specify that the room should have working blinds. (He posted a photo of a room with a curtain rod hanging akimbo from the window.) “Shambles,” he wrote.
Washington Post reporter Liz Clarke wrote, “Official motto of #Sochi2014 is ‘Hot. Cool. Yours.’ After 2 days, I vote for ‘Not. Working. Yet.’ So much here is half-built or out-of-order.”