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Much ado about Sochi's Winter Olympics accommodations

by Take Two®

General view taken on February 4, 2014 showing the Mountain Olympic Village at the Rosa Khutor Alpine centre prior to the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

We are a day away from the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Whether it's terrorist threats, construction issues or political unrest, the Games have been constantly surrounded by controversy and concerns.

Now, leading up to the eve of the Olympiad, there have been recent reports that even the hotels aren't ready to host such a global event. According to journalists in Sochi, if the only thing you're missing in your room is WiFi or a shower curtain, consider yourself lucky. If you're not, well, you might be better off sleeping in the media area. That is if you don't mind double toilet stalls.

But BBC World's sports reporter Alex Capstick says his temporary pad in Sochi isn't that bad. 

"My place is fine. It was there for me — quite small, quite basic. But it's OK. I've got no complaints whatsoever," he told Take Two Wednesday. "The food takes a little bit too long to get to you in the restaurant so that's one thing — although they do try hard."

Capstick says 700 journalists who turned up at beginning of week found that their rooms weren't ready. But organizers are confident that everyone will have a place to stay by end of week. 

Overall, Capstick says the build-up to Sochi has been one of the the most politicized of any Olympic Games. And yes, organizers are afraid that all of this negative publicity will overshadow what, he thinks, will be a fantastic sporting event.

"The venues are going to be really, really impressive and the athletes have been full of praise about them both in the mountains and down here on the coast," he said. "I think the organizers want to get the sport underway as soon as possible and then perhaps some of the difficulties that have been talked about almost constantly ... might just fade away a little."

Here's what journalists in Sochi had to say about their accommodations on Twitter: 

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