AN EXPLOSION has been carried out at the
Maracana Stadium in Rio just days before its hosts
the Olympic opening ceremony.
Officials used a robot to conduct a controlled
explosion on a suspicious toolbox in the Stadium
– five days before the Games start.
Authorities sent in a robot to investigate the
toolbox on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium as
rehearsals for the ceremony were underway.
SCARE: A bomb scare comes just days ahead of
the opening ceremony
The run-up to the Games have been hit by several
scandals, prompting questions about Brazil’s
capability to host the event.
In April, a newly built cycle path – which was
constructed as a legacy project for the Games –
collapsed, killing two.
Last week, yobs appeared to put the Olympic torch
relay flame which has cast further shadow over the
credibility of Brazil’s ability to host the Games.
And just hours ago, the Aussie team were the
victims of theft from their high security residence.
Thieves snuck into their rooms before making off
with two laptops and several shirts while the team
was outside following an evacuation due to a fire
Australian chef de mission Kitty Chiller said:
“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.
“There is no CCTV in the village. At the time I did
not know (who they were). They were not team
members. I did not know then whether they were
volunteers who were given shirts because they
helped to evacuate us.”