Communism is a lot like the Atlanta Falcons. It may look OK on paper but come game time things fall apart.
Reporters arriving to cover the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a resort town closely linked to mass murderer Joseph Stalin, probably weren’t expecting luxury. But, they likely believed their hotel rooms would have running, non-toxic water and toilets that could handle toilet paper.
It has been reported that only 6 of 9 media hotels are ready in the hastily-and-shoddily prepared resort town, but even the “finished” hotels seem to lack the basics.
The Washington Post recaps some miffed reporters’ tweets, which detail a few of the problems:
Russia has spent a record $51 billion to get Sochi ready for the Winter Games, which start Thursday. Opening ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Atlanta time.
Organizers say rain slowed construction progress, but Russia was awarded the games in 2007 so that’s a feeble excuse.
Why did Olympics organizers decide to award the games to a practically non-existent city instead of a place like Salzburg, Austria?
Some say it was because of politics.
Some say it was because of the efforts of one of the world’s biggest heroin dealers.
Sochi’s winning bid “guaranteed” 57,368 hotel rooms would be built, but it didn’t say they would all have safe drinking water.
Here’s a crazy thought … the next Olympic city should be chosen by gold medal winners. That might make curling exciting!
Even more excitement: