There will be no air conditioning provided by organisers in rooms at the Rio 2016 Athletes' Village

Air conditioning will be provided in all bedrooms and communal facilities at the Rio 2016 Athletes' Village, organisers have promised today following reports such facilities would be sacrificed in order to reduce costs.

Various cost cutting measures have been introduced in recent months as Brazil continues to overcome economic problems.

Most of these relate to "behind the scenes" activities, such as utilising temporary structures and cheaper products and services.

Yet, even though the Games is taking place during winter months, the absence of free air conditioning would be a concern because temperatures can still be high, reaching 35.4 degrees celsius this August.

"Given that the 2016 Games are taking place in winter time in Rio, the requirement for air conditioning within the bedrooms of the Olympic Village was one of the decisions being carefully considered," a Rio 2016 spokesperson told insidethegames.

"Following the review process, it has been decided that air conditioning will be provided by Rio 2016 and this expenditure has been approved by the Procurement Committee."

Temperatures can still be hot during the Winter in Rio de Janeiro ©ITG
Temperatures can still be hot during the Winter in Rio de Janeiro ©ITG

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) were told by Rio 2016 officials last week that air conditioning would be provided in all communal areas, with a fan placed in each bedroom, they said today.

But Rio have now changed their plans to include air conditioning in all facilities, with the NOCs set to be officially notified of this next week.

This alleviates concerns from some NOCs that they would not have been able to afford their own air conditioning alternatives.

insidethegames had been sent internal correspondence within the Indian Olympic Association discussing the situation today before RIo 2016's clarification.

This comes as the Brazilian currency continues to plummet in value in comparison to the american dollar, while inflation has risen to 10 per cent.  

A corruption scandal involving state-run oil giant Petrobras that has implicated close allies of President Dilma Rousseff is also continuing to escalate, leading to greater public apathy in any Government spending.

"The Rio 2016 committee has undertaken to organise the Games without the use of public money," Rio 2016 told insidethegames today. 

"There has been no 'cut' to the overall budget.

"We are currently going through the regular process of reviewing our expenditure, making sensible decisions and finding creative solutions to ensure we maintain a balanced budget while delivering unique and memorable Games in 2016."

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