Lithuanians praise Sochi Olympic conditions (video)

  • 2014-02-07
  • From wire reports, VILNIUS

(photo: Alfred Pladis for

Lithuanian journalists have said they've been more than impressed with living conditions at the Sochi Winter Olympic games, despite criticisms from members of the international press about unfinished works. photographer Alfreds Pladis, who has worked on several Olympic Games, said the accreditation process for journalists had been smooth and painless.

He said: "For a long time, I have not had the opportunity to live in such good conditions, so I can dispel myths about the terrible living conditions."

Instead, journalists say they were greeted by helpful volunteers, a luxury hotel and brilliant views after their arrival in Sochi on Jan. 6. 

However, members of the international press have complained about the hotel rooms void of the internet , falling curtain rods and dirty tap water..

Photos have been circulating social media showing the scale of unfinished works.

The Sochi Winter Olympic Games, taking place Feb. 7-23, are the most expensive games ever held. Costs have rise to over 50 billion U.S. dollars.

Lithuania has sent nine athletes to the games. Latvia has sent 28 whilst Estonia has sent 25.

The Olympic opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m Baltic time. 

Watch the video below to see why the Winter games could be the most expensive in history.