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3,600 apartments ready for all delegations in Rio

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08-03-2016 15:44 BJT

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The Olympic Village officially opened to the media Tuesday, and some 3,600 apartments will provide temporary homes for athletes and officials from all over the world during the Games. 

And they will be followed by a second wave of athletes coming in September  to compete in the Parlaympics that begin on the 7th of that month. 

The village consists of 31 apartment that will welcome more than 17,000 athletes and team officials during the Olympics, and 6,000 people during the Paralympics. 

Photo taken on Aug. 1, 2016 shows the balconies of the Chinese Olympic delegation

Photo taken on Aug. 1, 2016 shows the balconies of the Chinese Olympic delegation's apartments at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Xinhua/Zheng Huansong)

Many athletes, including some of the refugee team, have already moved in. 

The Chinese delegation have been decorating by hanging flags from their windows along with traditional Chinese red lanterns in the hall.

The village is well-decked out including a 24-hour gym, a multi-faith center, florist, convenience stores, bank, post office, hairdresser and beauty salon, as well as a vast food hall that will serve more than 60,000 meals a day during the Games. 

“We are already used to living here and are saftisfied with our accommodations. In fact, we prepared to encounter a lot of difficulties in Rio, but found everything is OK,” said Zhang Zhehui, Chinese Judoka. 

“I thought the food is delicious after having three meals. There is a dining room for Asian cuisine, which suits Chinese tastes,” said Ye Chong, China’s men’s judo team coach.

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