Last week, images of unfinished infrastructure around Sochi, including hotels, bus stops, parks and sidewalks, began circulating around the Internet. Now, with only days to spare before the first athletic events Thursday, media from around the world have arrived to document their unfinished accommodations.
According to the Sochi Olympic organizing committee, only six of the nine hotels in the media village are ready for occupancy and the International Olympic Committee is asking them to resolve all issues fast.
Persistent rain is to blame for many of the delays. IOC spokesman Mark Adams insists the construction woes aren't as bad as they seem, telling reporters, "every Games has some last minute issues. These are being handled, and handled well."
Some members of the media were turned away from the hotels they reserved. Joerg Reuter, a photographer from Germany, booked a room in a hotel that had officially been declared open. But in a letter he wrote to the organizing committee, Reuter said there were no lights, "yellow/brown" water from the taps, sleeping construction workers, and a stray dog among in the rooms he was shown. Eventually, he moved to a different hotel.
The organizing committee says that any media member given an unfinished room will receive new accommodations.
As for the three unfinished media hotels, organizers say that they're going through "the final testing process and check of their services." Adams says the IOC is confident they'll be finished before the Games start but added that he wouldn't put his "life on the line" about it.