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SOCHI 2014

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By Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun

Plastic covered furniture is seen in the bar area of an unfinished media hotel in the mountain village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, Feb. 2, 2014. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

Plastic covered furniture is seen in the bar area of an unfinished media hotel in the mountain village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi, Feb. 2, 2014. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

Some members of the media arrived here this week to discover their rooms in the mountain cluster were not ready. In fact, their buildings were barely even constructed.

The apartment hotels in Krasnaya Polyana were still being worked on and rooms were not available, leaving organizers red-faced and media members waiting for hours to have a solution worked out.

"I have some travel experience and I know how embarrassing it is when you arrive after a long flight to a place and your room is not ready," IOC president Thomas Bach said.

"Right now, according to our information, 24,000 rooms have been delivered and 97% of them without any problem. For the remaining 3% there are still some issues to be settled. But we have also been informed that everybody was offered a room of at least the same quality wherever there was a problem. The other problems which are more technical ones will be addressed, like giving some of the rooms the final touch."


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