“Problems include blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors in need of a massive clean.”
- Kitty Chiller,
head of the Australian Olympic team, criticising the Australian accommodation at the Olympic Village, declaring it “not safe or ready”
“We are going to make the Australians feel at home here. I’m almost putting a kangaroo out front to jump for them. This is an incredible village, more beautiful and better than Sydney (2000).”
- Eduardo Paes,
Mayor of Rio, in response
“We’ve already got a kangaroo, we don’t need another one. Get me a plumber mate, get me a plumber.”
- Kitty Chiller
"I wanted to make fun of Australia because of the kangaroo. I saw the things. This was the worst building. I recognise the problems you faced."
- a repentant Mayor Paes
"So very happy to be here, happy for the Village that you provided, for the beautiful city, and the people.”
- Kitty Chiller, after the works were carried out.
Paes then gave Kitty Chiller the keys to the city, Chiller gave Paes a boxing kangaroo stuffed soft toy and everyone was happy again.