We're less than a week away from the grand opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics and although many preparations are in place, the hotel situation might prove difficult for some members of the media.
According to USA Today on Saturday, only six of the nine hotels designated for media are fully functional as athletes and media alike begin to arrive in the Black Sea resort town. While the athletes are not affected by the problem, some members of the press have discovered that no rooms are available to stay in.
Some arrived in Sochi to find that areas of the hotel were still under construction or other problems with their rooms, such as brown water coming out of the tap or no light in the main room. USA Today quoted one German photographer as saying that some rooms were even still housing construction workers. Organizers have reportedly said the incomplete hotels are finishing up with "the final testing process and check of their services."
International Olympic Committee President Steve Bach, who previously expressed confidence in the organizers' efforts to ensure a safe and secure Games, says the committee is in contact with the Russian organizers and expects the issue to be resolved early this coming week.
Until then, media personnel affected will reportedly be given new accommodations. Up to 6,000 press members will arrive in Sochi on Monday with 11,000 overall expected to cover the Games locally.