IOC: Hotel delays not affecting athlete families

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2014 at 8:06 am •  Published: February 3, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Family and friends of Olympic athletes have been unaffected by unfinished hotel rooms in the mountains near Sochi, an IOC official said Monday.

Although the problem provoked embarrassment for local organizers over the weekend, Olympics Games executive director Gilbert Felli said rooms "will all be delivered" by the end of Wednesday.

"We are not yet discover(ing) any problems from families," Felli said after his fact-finding visit to Krasnaya Polyana.

Sochi organizers have said three hotels for accredited media were not fully operational, with heavy rain causing delays.

Felli said several hundred rooms — of 41,000 available at the games — were either not finished, not cleaned or were missing telephones and televisions.

"It does not mean that it's a catastrophe, that people do not have a room. People have not been put outside," Felli said after a news conference hosted by IOC President Thomas Bach.

Families of athletes are expected to arrive in greater numbers ahead of qualifying events starting Thursday. The opening ceremony is Friday.

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Kozak, said the problems would be resolved by some "final cleaning."

"All the hotels in Sochi which will be hosting guests of the Olympic Games are built and ready," Kozak said Monday at a public meeting in the coastal city.

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