Rio officials lose keys to Olympic Stadium

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A general view shows the Olympic Stadium venue ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. (Getty)
A general view shows the Olympic Stadium venue ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. (Getty)

The problems Rio organizers have run into before the Opening Ceremony have ranged from disturbing to outrageous.

Now, they’re just funny.

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According to media reports, Rio officials lost the keys to Olympic Stadium yesterday. This left organizers unable to access the mixed area of the venue.

No big deal, right?

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Desperate times calls for desperate measures as workers had to come in and use bolt cutters to get into the stadium. In a city with more than six million people, a locksmith was apparently difficult to find.


The way these games have gone, the Olympics has looked more like mismanaged college party than prestigious international competition. One of the most exciting things of these games may not be whether Michael Phelps can get more medals or Usain Bolt sprinting off into the sunset a winner, but whether the Olympic flame can actually make it into the stadium to finish the Opening Ceremony.

Unlike a lot of Olympic years, fans may consciously have to root for simple events like finding keys in order for these games to be successful.

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