Rio Officials Lose Olympic Soccer Stadium Key, Use Bolt Cutters to Break In – as Protesters Stone Torch Relay
Although the highly anticipated 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro don’t officially kick off until Friday, soccer players have already begun competing – but not without some trouble getting in to the stadium.
On Wednesday, Olympic officials couldn’t find the keys to unlock one of the stadium gates before a soccer match, so they enlisted the help of a set of bolt cutters to break open the gate, Sports Illustrated reports.
Officials were unable to get into the Maracana stadium, keeping fans from getting to their seats to watch Sweden’s women’s soccer team take on South Africa’s, according to Fox Sports.
“What a start! #Rio2016 kicking off with lost key and firemen forcing open lock to east gate of Olympic stadium #oops,” BBC reporter Julia Carneiro tweeted along with a video of the scene.
In the 39-second clip, a uniformed official is shown working with two other men to break a lock off the stadium gate.
Rio Olympics Being Plagued By Host of Issues
Last week, protesters threw rocks at the Olympic torch relay as it made its way to Rio The New York Times reports.
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“Just thinking of the Olympics leaves me revolted,” Ana Caroline Joia da Souza, a street vendor who sells goods in front of a metro station in Rio, told the Times. “Our politicians want to trick the world into thinking things are great here. Well, let the foreigners see for themselves the filth we live in, the money our leaders steal.”
In another sign that the South American nation is not entirely welcoming the Games, in June a man tried to throw a bucket of water on the Olympic torch, CNN reports.