Fireman reportedly had to break open one of the main gates to the main Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro because the key went missing. Picture: Julia Carneiro/Twitter
Fireman reportedly had to break open one of the main gates to the main Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro because the key went missing. Picture: Julia Carneiro/Twitter

Rio Olympics 2016: Could anything else go wrong?

HAS anyone seen the keys to the stadium?" must have been a slightly fraught conversation ringing out over Rio in the past few days.

But, it appears, that despite looking at the hook by the door, in the glove compartment of the car and down the back of the sofa, Olympic officials couldn't find them and had to break into the games' main stadium instead.

On Thursday, a reporter uploaded a video to Twitter that showed emergency staff having to break the gates to the Maracanã Stadium, where in just a few hours' time 80,000 people are due to take their seats for the opening ceremony.

The video, by the BBC's Julia Carneiro, was reportedly taken on Wednesday ahead of one of the opening women's soccer matches between Sweden and South Africa.

Seemingly unable to open the gates any other way, three men - described as firemen - take hold of a pair of bolt cutters and snap a padlock, holding the steel gates in place, in two.

"What a start!" tweeted Carneiro, "#Rio2016 kicking off with lost key and firemen forcing open lock to east gate of Olympic stadium #oops."

More on this at news.com.au


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