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Rio Olympics: Aussie team refuses to move into Village over blocked toilets -

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MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: While the fallout from the IOC decision continues, Rio organisers have more immediate problems on their minds.

The Australian team has announced it won't move into the Olympic Village because of a list of problems, including blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring.

The first Australian athletes to arrive in Rio were due to move into the Village last week, but have instead been living in nearby hotels.

Barney Porter reports.

BARNEY PORTER: Two weeks out and the Olympic Village in Rio has officially opened its doors to the cream of the world's athletes.

Christoph Ogris is a doctor with the Austrian team.

CHRISTOPH OGRIS: Everything is quite okay. Everybody is working hard so I think everybody is look for a great games.

BARNEY PORTER: Kevin Pearson is with Team Bermuda.

KEVIN PEARSON: It's fantastic, everything so far has been really good. People have been super friendly. I think it's going to be a fantastic Olympic Games.

BARNEY PORTER: The 31 building complex in Rio's west is meant to house more than 18,000 athletes and coaching staff over the coming weeks.

But not everyone is impressed.

KITTY CHILLER: Our building is not habitable and not conducive to the performance focused environment that we are trying to create for our Australian team.

BARNEY PORTER: Kitty Chiller is the chef de mission of the Australian Olympic Committee.

As well as blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring, she says some apartments have water running down the walls, a strong smell of gas, stairwells are unlit, and floors are in need of a massive clean.

KITTY CHILLER: We have an action plan to try and remedy and rectify all the issues with an aim to finish this by mid afternoon tomorrow.

However, based on how the works are fixed they may need to be delayed.

We will stick to our plan of not allowing any Australian team member to reside in the village for the next two days.

BARNEY PORTER: But it seems not all is bad.

KITTY CHILLER: I will say, the rest of the village is, as I have been saying for a couple of years now, one of the best. The welcome centre, the dining hall, the gardens and the general ambience is very good.

BARNEY PORTER: Rio's organisers say only simple adjustments are required and assert that such hiccups occur at all Olympics.

But the latest criticism is yet another embarrassing blow for the host nation, which is struggling to show all will be well for next month's opening ceremony even after spending $12 billion.

Concerns over the zika virus, low ticket sales, and general public apathy amid a deep recession persist.

Australia is bringing 401 athletes to Brazil, the same number as London in 2012 where the team finished eighth in the overall medals table.
MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Barney Porter.