Thousands of people took to the streets of Manchester yesterday to welcome home the British Olympians and Paralympians who competed in the Rio games this summer, for Team GB’s official homecoming parade.
After a successful summer, which saw Britain claim 67 medals at the Olympics, and a whopping 147 medals at the Paralympics, it was no surprise that so many people were out to welcome back our champions.
It appears, however, that during the celebrations two cheeky young men decided to gatecrash the party.
During the ceremony two imposters, dressed in Team GB tracksuits and wearing fake plastic medals, managed to “blag” their way onto a float full of Olympic champions, as it paraded around the city.
It wasn’t until the two young men were interviewed by Sky News, while on the float, that they were found out.
When asked by the reporter “what did you win?”, one of the boys originally responded by claiming to have won his medal in fencing, before admitting that they had blagged their way onto the float when challenged by the reporter, who asked if they had won their medals in the “blagging Olympics”.
Speaking of the incident, one of the men said:
"We got the medals and we just thought, you know, we'd give it a go… We actually got ushered on, it was actually completely against our will… We blag something every now and then but we're going to get off at the next stop."
The floats at the parade were protected by barriers, security guards and police, so despite the light heartedness of the gag, the ease with which the two boys managed to get onto a float with no identification is a major security concern.
Speaking of the incident, a spokesman for the British Olympic Association said: "We are aware of the matter, and are disappointed anyone would want to detract from the athletes' celebration. This did not spoil anyone's enjoyment of a wonderful event."