2012 Olympic 'segregation' for warring nations
The delicate equilibrium of global politics is rarely a hotel manager's concern. But Chris Hale, who is managing London's Olympics' athletes' village for the InterContinental Hotels Group, has revealed details of the geopolitical segregation he has had to enforce in the hope of maintaining peace among his 17,000 guests.
Bitterly hostile Israel and Iran will be housed at opposite ends of the village, while friendly nations will be consigned to the same apartment blocks at the giant £1.1bn development, he said in an interview with the London Evening Standard.
Team GB will be suitably far away from their Argentine counterparts in light of increasing tension over the Falkland Islands. German athletes will be kept their distance from Greeks after protests erupted in Athens over austerity measures forced on the country led by Berlin.
But it's not only politics he has had to consider. "You don't want to be next to the Brazilians, who are the biggest party animals," he said. "And equally, if you are an athlete you don't want to be next to the swimmers because they finish in week one and they are out and having a good time."
For the first time, athletes can expect four-star standard accommodation while in the village.
The village is the largest single building project at the site. When the Games and Paralympic Games are finished, contractors will move in, installing kitchens, removing temporary partition walls, and it will be converted into one-, two- and three- to four-bedroom apartments. The Qatari sovereign wealth fund has bought half the development. The rest will be owned and managed by Triathlon, and much will be affordable housing.
Mario Balotelli scored as many goals for AC Milan on second debut as he did for Liverpool in the Premier League last season
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea top the list of the Premier League's most expensive squads
Cyprus vs Wales match report: Gareth Bale's bullet header has Welsh on brink of Euro 2016
Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager has four Guinness World records hanging in his office
Sir Alex Ferguson: 'I place discipline above all else and it might have cost us several titles...' but Manchester United boss wouldn't change it
- 1 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up