What else will go wrong for the host city?
Rio’s Maracanã Stadium, soon to be hosting the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics, has been rocked by an explosion.
On Sunday evening, officials sent in a bomb robot to examine a suspicious package. Soon after, an explosion could be heard across the city. No injuries or deaths have been reported. Police are continuing their investigation into the explosion.
This is just the latest in a string of security incidents that has threatened to take down the Olympic Games.
Mere hours before the explosion, in the wake of serious doping allegations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) revealed that the final ruling on whether Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in the Games will likely be decided on the day of the opening ceremony. The World Anti-Doping Agency has recommended they all be banned, but whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, who helped expose state-backed doping in Russian sports, is begging the IOC to reassess her exclusion from the Games.
And just last week, when teams were evacuated from the Olympic compound due to a basement fire, locals took it upon themselves to raid the belongings of the Australian Olympic team.
“When I arrived midway through the evacuation I saw three fire (officers) … I don’t know which one they were from … walking out with team shirts,’’ said Australia’s Olympic Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller.
With all of these ordeals, it’s easy to wonder whether just a few bad seeds are to blame, or whether Rio just doesn’t have stringent enough security measures to host such a significant event.
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