The opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are on Friday and this is shaping up to be pretty much an epic disaster. They spent $51 billion on these games (half of which probably went to bribes in one of the most corrupt nations on earth) and the hotels aren’t even finished yet. The Washington Post reports on journalists who are there to cover the games tweeting about the deplorable situation.
Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics, which begins Thursday, reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling conditions in the housing there, where only six of nine media hotels are ready for guests. Hotels are still under construction. Water, if it’s running, isn’t drinkable. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.
And the follow up:
There are open manholes on the sidewalks, hotels with no lobbies yet. cement still being poured. There must have been a hell of a lot of money changing hands for Sochi to be awarded the Olympics in the first place. By any possible measure, it’s the last place you would pick for the games. And I have a feeling this is going to be one big clusterfuck. I just hope there’s no violence.