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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - The first members of the Australian team have moved into the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro after the head of the delegation previously labelled the accommodation "unliveable."

Late Tuesday the team published pictures on Twitter showing athletes arriving at the village and chief de mission Kitty Chiller praised the efforts of local workers to make repairs.

"The workers that were with us today have been very good, really skilled and doing a fantastic job," Chiller said.

"We now have three floors that are complete and as we were just walking out of the village a whole crew of cleaners were just walking in to complete a further three floors."

Australia were forced to delay moving into the village, citing blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring among the many problems.

The Australian delegation comprises 410 athletes, around 300 other functionaries and is to take up 15 floors in a block at the village.

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