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Shelley praises athletes’ village

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Rio de Janeiro, July 26 : Australia's Olympic boxers have toured the athletes' village in Rio and medal contender Shelley Watts has praised the facilities here and the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) for ensuring their safety was prioritised before moving in on Wednesday. Watts, Daniel Lewis and Jason Whateley were among the first Australian athletes to touch down in Brazil for the Games and were staying in a hotel while they waited for organisers to address chef de mission Kitty Chiller's demands that the athletes' village be improved.

Among Chiller's concerns were plumbing issues and poor lighting on stairwells which she later said she was confident would be rectified by Wednesday.

The boxers were taken into the village, which Watts described as "absolutely amazing", but not inside their rooms.

"I haven't had to concern myself with any leakages or anything but walking in there I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. What Rio have done to create the facility is amazing," Shelley was quoted as saying by adelaidenow.com.au on Tuesday.

"I'm very grateful the AOC took the step to make sure safety was the number one issue for us, so when we do filly come into the village we have no worries or concerns about that. It looks spectacular and I'm really excited walking around it". IANS

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