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Tandem toilets for Olympic spectators

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This article was published 22/1/2014 (1047 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

SOCHI, Russia -- At least one Olympic bathroom seems to be flush with toilets.

When BBC reporter Steve Rosenberg went to use the bathroom at the cross-country skiing and biathlon centre for next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, he found two toilets but only one stall.

Steve Rosenberg / the associated press
This photo shows two toilets at Sochi�s cross-country skiing and biathlon centre.

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Steve Rosenberg / the associated press This photo shows two toilets at Sochi�s cross-country skiing and biathlon centre.

His tweeted picture instantly became a national joke.

Although toilets like that are not common in Russia, social media users posted photos of other side-by-side toilets, including ones in a courthouse and a café.

The editor of the state R-Sport news agency said such communal toilets are standard at Russian soccer stadiums.

"Why are the BBC folks scaring us?" Vasily Konov wrote in this personal Twitter account. "This is what the gents look like at football stadiums in Russia."

He posted a photo showing two urinals and three toilets in a large room.

Jested

Russians jested the toilets in Sochi were designed for a "tandem," the name used to describe the duo of President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. One popular blogger altered Rosenberg's photo to put in a framed portrait of the two leaders above the toilets.

In a nod to the tight security measures imposed in Sochi for the Winter Olympics, another joke has it that the second toilet was for a Russian security officer.

The Sochi organizing committee refused to comment on the picture. The Games run from Feb. 7-23.

 

-- The Associated Press

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