Sochi Problems Tweets: Journalists In Upheaval Over Poor Hotel Conditions At Winter Olympics

  @GP_IBTimes on February 06 2014 10:09 AM
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    Workers move furniture outside an apartment building in the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, February 6, 2014. Reuters
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    Journalists continue to report the poor conditions at the Sochi Winter Olympics, and have spawned a huge following on Twitter. Twitter
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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However not everyone is experiencing the same issues.

 

 

 

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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