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Double trouble in Olympic toilets

Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 01:33

Feb. 3 - Twin-toilets leave Sochi Olympic visitors flushed with embarrassment but organisers say partitions are coming soon. Sarah Toms reports.

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These toilets sitting side by side with no partitiion are causing a bit of a stink. Images like these went viral last month when they were first discovered at the biathlon venue for the Sochi olympics Russian officials poo-pooed the idea that this would be a common sight at the games. But now another privy without privacy has been discovered at the Ekaterininskiy Kvartal hotel, where many of the media are staying for the olympics which start on February 7th. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CATHY LALLY, MOSCOW BUREAU CHIEF FOR WASHINGTON POST AND GUEST AT THE EKATERININSKIY KVARTAL HOTEL, SAYING: "A couple of weeks ago, there were a lot of conversations about this toilet because one was seen in the biathlon centre. Then, Russians started saying 'Oh no! It's not really like that. That was just a place where the partition has been torn down because they were turning it into a store room. So, they were saying that it wasn't true that there are a lot of double toilets. Well, here we have one." But a maintenance worker at the hotel said they were starting to build a partition immediately. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MAINTENANCE WORKER OF EKATERININSKIY KVARTAL HOTEL, PAVEL OSIPOV, SAYING: "The partition and doors will be installed tomorrow because it was the weekend yesterday and we couldn't put it in on time. We apologize to the hotel guests for the inconvenience. This toilet is just not finished yet, and I promise it will be done by the end of tomorrow." Perhaps these loos are now more than a flash in the pan.

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Double trouble in Olympic toilets

Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 01:33