Sochi Is Trending For A Wrong Reason. No, It Is Not Winter Olympics

Reporters from around the world, who have arrived in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, have described the appalling hotel conditions, with only six of nine media hotels ready for guests.

The disarray seems to contradict repeated promises from both Russian and Olympic officials that Sochi is ready for the games, despite terrorist threats, unfinished construction and concerns over human rights abuses in the country.

The journalists have taken to Twitter to express their numerous abysmal experiences at the hotels in Sochi, saying that the many of the hotels are still under construction, and that running water is not drinkable.

Other experiences include broken lifts, broken water pipes, no reception, no hot water, unfiltered water, broken hotel furniture and open manholes, and a German photographer revealed that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms.

Meanwhile, president of Sochi’s Olympic organising committee Dmitry Chernyshenko told a journalist from CNN on Twitter to ”look at the mountains” after the journalist complained that only one of the network’s 11 requested rooms was ready for them.

The report mentioned that the Games have also run way over budget – to a record 51 billion dollars, although International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has denied that, insisting that many concerns, including those over safety and construction, are overblown.

In the end, it is the face of Putin that greets all.


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