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Rio mayor offers to put kangaroo in Olympic village to please Australians


Rio de Janeiro appears nowhere close to prepared to host the Summer Olympics in less than two weeks, but the city’s mayor does not seem overly concerned.

On Sunday, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes was asked about the Australian Olympic Committee deeming the athlete’s village “uninhabitable” after running some tests at the dorms over the weekend. Rather than reassure people that the accommodations will be suitable, Paes cracked a kangaroo joke.

The mayor was just full of wise cracks, also noting that he never promised Rio would be able to host the Olympics without some issues.

Some of the issues the AOC discovered at the athlete’s village were significant and no laughing matter. When you factor in stories like the one we heard about what was found near the Olympic volleyball courts last month, it seems like Rio has a lot of (potentially way too much) work to do before Aug. 5.


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