We have been receiving reports of “dire” facilities and “chaos” affecting British athletes at the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, with athletes’ morale being affected.
These problems are affecting athletes who have had to battle to raise the money required to attend the games in the first place.
Some of the complaints have reached social media, along with photos and videos (see below).
Among the stories we are hearing is that:
- The Deaflympic villages allegedly differ markedly, with Village 1 offering “Olympic level” facilities and services, but Village 2 being more “like a school canteen.”
- Athletes have allegedly been queuing up to two hours for food at Village 2
- A number of countries including Great Britain have complained about the facilities, but they feel that nothing has been done
- DeaflympicsGB athletes have allegedly suffered long transport delays, with buses said to be up to two hours late to take them to events
There are a number of Tweets and images available online:
— Piers Martin (@piers_martin) July 20, 2017
— (((Ruth Peaker))) (@rj_peaks) July 20, 2017
— DeaflympicsGB (@DeaflympicsGB) July 20, 2017
Athletes’ duty of care and wellbeing must always come first. This needs resolving – pretty fast. https://t.co/wkRzJiAhcD
— Craig Crowley MBE (@CEOActionDeafns) July 20, 2017
In more positive news, Britain has won its first medal of the Games:
— GBDSC (@gbdeafswimming) July 20, 2017
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