RIO DE JANEIRO, July 25, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Staff members hang a national flag of Germany out on one of the blocks of apartments in the Olympic Village of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24, 2016. The opening ceremony of the Olympic Village was held here on Sunday. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)
RIO DE JANEIRO, July 24 (Xinhua) -- The Olympic Village for the Rio Games was officially opened on Sunday as some 3,600 apartments are ready to welcome athletes and officials from all over the world.
The 47-year-old Basketball great Janeth Arcain, who is the mayor of the village, cut the ribbon together with Rio de Janeiro's Mayor Eduardo Paes and head of the Organizing Committee Carlos Nuzman to symbolize the opening of the village.
The village consists of 31 apartment buildings with 3,604 apartments, which will be home to more than 17,000 athletes and team officials during the Olympic Games and 6,000 people during the Paralympic Games.
Some foreign athletes including some of the refugee athletes have already moved in the village, which also includes a 24-hour gym, multi-faith center, florist, convenience stores, bank, post office, hairdresser and beauty salon, as well as a vast food hall that will serve more than 60,000 meals a day during the Games period.
But according to Rio 2016 spokesperson Mario Andrada, no Russian athletes has moved in so far.
The IOC earlier in the day decided not to impose a blanket ban on Russia from the Rio Olympics and let each summer sports International Federation (IF) to determine each athlete's eligibility.
"It is a decision for the International Olympic Committee and International Federations. We are the organizers. We will receive all the athletes that come with the decision of these organizations," said Nuzman after the opening ceremony of the Olympic Village. "We will always defend the zero tolerance of doping."
"We will follow the IOC and IFs," he added.
The Olympics will be held from August 5 to 21 and the Paralympics from September 7 to 18.