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Brazilian officials remove suspect package from Olympic road race

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In light of recent tragedies in France, Belgium and Turkey, there has been an undercurrent of tension at proceeding sporting events.

Thankfully, Euro 2016 reached its completion with minimal threats of terrorism and simply minor crowd incidents. The same is obviously hoped for this year’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

However, in one of the first finals of the tournament, there has been a scare. It’s immerged that a suspect package was found at the finish line of the men’s road race and, thankfully, disposed of.


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Worrying start

The 30th Olympiad is making history in becoming the first summer games to be held in South America. However, the choice of Rio hasn’t come without its reservations and criticism.

Brazil’s most iconic city has a reputation for crime and safety concerns. Nonetheless, the nation’s government has served to quell fears in light of their recent World Cup and Olympic hosting duties.

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Whether it be still-in-construction en suites or British kit being stolen, the games haven’t got off to the ideal start.


Concerns over the safety of the tournament have reached a new high though upon the discovery of a suspect package ahead of the men’s road race.

The item was pounced upon by Brazilian army officials just yards from where the medals were due to be presented.

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Bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on the package that created an incredibly loud blast. In fact, the eruption was audible on the TV coverage of the event with commentators worriedly informing that it had emanated from the finish line.

Just minutes later though, officials hurriedly explained the incident with the riders still a substantial 70km away.It has since been confirmed that the episode was in fact a false alarm.

It must be hoped that, with 14,000 security officials deployed in the city, that no more scares stem from Rio 2016.

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Nonetheless, it proves a prominent source of unease concerning the safety of the games.

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