The lavish layout — called “Ilha Pura” (Pure Island) — should pamper thousands of athletes in Barra da Tijuca, the western Rio suburb that’s the centerpiece of the games.
It also reinforces complaints that South America’s first games are being run by powerful construction and real estate interests, oblivious to the city’s sprawling favelas (slums) and stark inequality.
The village is mammoth: It has 31 17-floor towers with 10,160 bedrooms that will sleep 18,000 athletes and staff for the Olympics.
“All of the visitors here, the ex-athletes and athletes who know many villages, say this village is amazing,” said Mauricio Cruz Lopes, the chief executive officer of Ilha Pura, in an interview with The Associated Press. “We are doing our best to convince all the 10,000 athletes to stay in this village and avoid staying in hotels.”