Rio 2016: Olympic torch skirts riots and drug gang clashes in host city. Relay involving mayor is forced to divert with police using pepper spray and rubber bullets to clear a path through protests
In pictures: Violent scenes as riot police clash with protestors in Rio de Janeiro
Rio officials lose keys to the Olympic Stadium https://t.co/S5vYiWZxCb
— HP LatinoVoices (@LatinoVoices) August 4, 2016
Olympic boxer Hassan Saada arrested on suspicion of sexual assault against two women at Rio 2016. Boxer due to fight on 6 August will be held in jail for 15 days as police conduct attempted rape investigation.
A Moroccan boxer who was due to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women at the Olympic village . . .
According to Brazilian media, Saada is accused of pushing one of the women against a wall and squeezing her thighs while attempting to kiss her. He is also accused of grabbing the breast of the second woman while making obscene gestures with his hands. Both the women are reported to be cleaners working in the Olympic village.
More Than 1,000 U.S. Spies Protecting Rio Olympics
Hundreds of analysts, law enforcement and special operations personnel are already on the ground in Rio de Janeiro, according to an exclusive NBC News review of a highly classified report on U.S. intelligence efforts.
In addition, more than a dozen highly trained Navy and Marine Corps commandos from the U.S. Special Operations Command are in Brazil, working with the Brazilian Federal Police and the Brazilian Navy, according to senior military officials.
The U.S. military, as expected, has placed larger military units on call should a rescue or counterterrorism operation be needed, the officials said.
Russia will do what it wants in Rio.If Moscow can invade Crimea and get away with it, then it can cheat to win Olympic medals.
Rio 2016 will be a Brazilian carnival of greed, doping and tear gas – but I’ll still be watching the Olympics. Next week a press conference will be called because a Russian swimmer has been found to have blood that makes him 40 per cent human and 60 per cent jet-ski
And last, but not least, go to the New Yorker,
DAILY CARTOON: THURSDAY, AUGUST 4TH
BY KIM WARP
Lighting the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro.
Daily Cartoon: Thursday, August 4th https://t.co/EvhDgsm19i via @newyorker
— Fausta (@Fausta) August 5, 2016
The opening ceremony airs at 7:30pm Eastern on NBC.
On a little more upbeat note, I will always remember the Spanish Olympiad 1992 torch lighting,
seen here about 4:45 into the lo res video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCKYiBL3fPM
Yes, the arrow! That was WONDERFUL