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OLYMPIC SHAMES; Safety risk at athletes' village; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: MATT ROPER in Rio

PARALYMPIANS arriving in Rio are being greeted by safety threats including collapsed roads and exposed wiring.

With workers rushing to finish the athletes' village living quarters for the 4,350 competitors, one volunteer told us: "The place is full of danger."

Wheelchair users and visuallyimpaired athletes are already arriving for the 15th Summer Paralympics which open on Wednesday. But many will be shocked by the host of potential hazards lying in wait.

On a main walkway we found an open manhole with just a traffic cone next to it.

A large buried cistern on a grass verge was covered by a rotting wooden lid. And a number of roads around the complex showed clear signs of collapse - some were hastily filled with sand or covered with boards.

On the grass beside one 18-storey apartment block exposed electric wires stick out of the ground, with no signs erected to warn of the danger. The volunteer admitted: "For an able-bodied person they could cause problems - so imagine someone who can't see or walk easily.

"It's said the athletes' village was built with disabled people in mind - so why are they trying to build ramps now?"

Elsewhere workmen were frantically cutting into a pavement for a hastily-built ramp.

matt.roper@trinitymirror.com

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 4, 2016
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