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Athletes to move into village on Wednesday

AAP logoAAP 25/07/2016 By Emma Kemp

Australian Olympic boss Kitty Chiller has emphasised that her complaints about the Rio athletes' village were not a slur on Brazil, just a need to ensure her team would get the best Games preparation.

Australian athletes will move into the village on Wednesday after Chiller said "enormous" progress was made on extensive plumbing, electricity and gas faults.

Workers have been on overdrive in the 24 hours since the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) announced they would relocate athletes to hotels to shield them from numerous problems rendering their apartment tower accommodation unbelievable.

Blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells and dirty floors were the major issues across Australia's designated 15 floors.

Chiller defended her complaints which made headlines in Rio and prompted Mayor Eduardo Paes to joke that he felt "like putting a kangaroo in front of their building to make them feel at home".

She said she'd "fight to the death" for the Australian team, noting that the pressure had sparked a swift response from organisers.

But she also stressed the issue was a practical one addressed by several National Olympic Committees, not a slight on locals.

"It wasn't a slur in any way, shape or form," Chiller said in Rio on Monday (Tuesday AEST).

"The complaints were not against Brazil, they were not against Rio, they were not against the people of Rio or Brazilians.

"It's a beautiful country and city with beautiful people."

Chiller said she and Mayor Paes have a date planned for when the team officially moves in.

Three of the floors were complete as of 3pm on Monday Brazil time, with the entire building expected to be ready for a final clean by close of business on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

That was apart from seven apartments - around 30 beds - in which leakages will take a day or two longer to fix.

"It's been a really positive day actually," Chiller said.

"The workers with us today have been really good, they're very skilled and we're very happy with the progress.

"It's looking like, according to our plan, we will be able to move everybody in on Wednesday."

Canoeist Jessica Fox and boxer Shelley Watts were among the first six athletes to arrive early on Monday morning Brazil time.

They are staying in hotels, but Watts said she couldn't wipe the smile off her face when she walked into the village.

"What Rio have done to be able to create the facility is amazing," she said.

"I'm very grateful the AOC took the step to make sure safety wasn't an issue for us.

"But it looks spectacular and I'm really excited walking around it."

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