- The Washington Times - Friday, August 5, 2016

Rio officials reportedly had to force their way into the Olympic Stadium Wednesday after misplacing the keys to one of the main entrances, causing hours in delays.

Though the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympics will be held Friday, the games began Wednesday with the group stage match for women’s soccer, The Huffington Post reported.

According to BBC reporter Julia Carneiro, the key for the east gate of Maracana Stadium, the host venue of the Rio Olympics, had been misplaced, forcing fans to line up for two hours before being sent to another entrance.

Ms. Carneiro filmed three men she described as “firemen” using a pair of bolt cutters to break the lock on the gate.

“What a start! #Rio2016 kicking off with lost key and firemen forcing open lock to east gate of Olympic stadium #oops,” Ms. Carneiro wrote.

“Bolt cutters needed open Olympic Stadium today after keys lost,” Bloomberg reporter Tariq Panja similarly tweeted.

The minor hiccup comes as Rio battles major issues in preparedness for the 2016 games. Earlier this week, it was revealed that some 1,400 swimmers were at risk of getting violently ill due to high levels of raw sewage, bacteria and viruses in Rio’s waters, according to a 16-month study commissioned by The Associated Press.

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