It sounds like the 2014 Winter Olympics are off to a rocky start in Sochi — at least in regard to a variety of issues plaguing the host city. A Twitter account called Sochi Problems has sprung up, keeping a running timeline of the complaints lodged via social media.
The problems range from inconveniences, like no Internet access and no shower rods and/or curtains in hotel rooms, to slightly alarming safety hazards, like light fixtures falling from the ceiling and yellow water coming out of the taps.
In a bizarre response to the hotel complaints, Dmitry Kozak, Russian deputy prime minister, says, “We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day.”
Um, what? Your bathroom has surveillance cameras?
But perhaps the biggest problem is Sochi’s number of stray animals. A pest control company, Basia Services, has been hired to dispose of the stray dogs and cats.
Athletes say they don’t mind the stray dogs, since they don’t seem aggressive and instead are shy but friendly. However, Alexei Sorokin, Basia pest control director, says a dog getting into the opening ceremony would be a “disgrace” to the whole country.
The Russians are obviously not familiar with how excited U.S. sports fans become when an animal charges the field at an event.
A CNN report says the dogs are being poisoned, while Sochi officials maintain they are merely relocating the dogs. It’s a sad way to start what is a fun two weeks of athleticism and sportsmanship.