Organizers with the 2015 Pan Am Games are defending $1.4 million-dollar upgrades to the floors in the athletes village.
According to the Games organizing committee, the repairs were made months ago following an inspection that found the bare concrete floors were pitted an uneven.
They say the upgrades were necessary and cost effective to preserve the events international image, citing that the floors were worse than the ones at the athletes village in Guadalajara, Mexico, which hosted the last Games in 2011.
The concrete floor was eventually covered with carpet in the hallways and in some common areas, costing $200,000, with dark grey floor sealing with baseboards in the athletes room, costing $1.2 million.
“Canada prides itself on being a welcoming and accommodating host for our international guests,” TO2015 spokesman Teddy Katz told reporters in an email. “Unfinished floors and ragged walls without baseboards would reflect poorly on our region’s reputation as hosts. Quite simply, the village wouldn’t look finished.
The upgrade was covered by the budget for the village, funded by the provincial government.
Once the Games are done, the village will become condos and low-income houses, as well as dorm residence for George Brown students.