The Olympic skyscraper village in Munich, West Germany, was officially opened on Tuesday (August 1) to mounting criticisms of its accommodation.
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Background: The Olympic skyscraper village in Munich, West Germany, was officially opened on Tuesday (August 1) to mounting criticisms of its accommodation. According to news reports, some of the 10,000 athletes who will live in the village for the 16-day games beginning on August 26 have said the living accommodation is 'sparse, cramped, noisy and grey'. Many of the complaints were from athletes who were housed there temporarily during the weekend for final tests for the Games.
Other athletes acknowledge that the village, a modern settlement built adjacent to the main stadiums, was better than those at the 1964 Tokyo games and the 1968 Mexico games.
Olympics officials defended the design of the village. One said it could not be expected to cater for the tas???es of every one of the athletes, nor could it have been 'a cross between a luxury hotel and a top-class sports training centre'. The village was the best built with the materials available, he said.
The village lies in the north-east corner of the Olympic complex. It is an ultra-modern collection of bungalows, terraced flats rising like the steps of a pyramid, and towering apartment blocks. The men's and women's living sections are divided by a six-foot-high (two metre) fence, and these areas are out of bounds to the opposite sex. Away from the living quarters, the village offers a wide range of facilities -- churches, training centres, medical facilities, shopping and entertainment complexes, three restaurants, indoor swimming pools and sauna baths, hairdressing and cosmetics salons, dry-cleaning and repair services, travel agencies, banks, post offices, information and translation services, and entertainment centres where film, concerts, dances, billiards and mini-golf have been organised.
The village and sports stadiums will be used as permanent facilities by West German authorities after the games are over.