A day away from the official start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and the media has already uncovered the biggest issues facing the winter games.
Over the last 24 hours journalists stationed in Russia have sent out thousands of tweets, many complete with pictures, of the poor conditions in their hotels. Many have struggled to even check in to their still under-construction lodgings.
According to NBC News, the recently started Twitter hashtag #Sochi Problems and the handle @SochiProblems retweeting every journalist’s complaint has spawned more than 26,000 tweets. The new twitter handle has also picked up more than 67,000 followers.
The complaints extend beyond just hotel rooms, with necessities like running water also under fire, like Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair’s tweet explains.
â€” Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
For now the International Olympic Committee is playing down the conditions.
"It's a bit premature to say it's been a failure. They have delivered 24,000 rooms," International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams told NBC. "Surely there have been some issues, but we are really doing our best."
Despite the plea for understanding, the tweets continue to roll in along thousands of Twitter timelines.
â€” Dima (Dmitry) Barsky (@frombarsky) February 6, 2014
â€” Chiiiiiica!!!! (@chicamasfina) February 6, 2014
â€” Megan Pringle (@MegPringleNews) February 6, 2014
â€” Everett Martin (@EverettMartin) February 6, 2014
â€” Mark Connolly (@MarkConnollyCBC) February 6, 2014
However not everyone is experiencing the same issues.
I feel like folks at home are almost disappointed I don't have some #SochiProblems to report. Hotel has doors, walls, locks, hot water.
â€” Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 6, 2014
As detailed by Complex, there are several issues the IOC and Sochi officials must overcome. In particular, stray dogs litter the streets. It’s been estimated that as many as 7,000 strays have been put down, and Sochi officials could face a backlash from animal activists.
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