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Goodbye, Rio; hello, Tokyo

2016-08-22 06:38

By (Agencies/Xinhua)

Goodbye, Rio; hello, Tokyo

Singer Lenine performs during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 21, 2016. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/chinadaily.com.cn]


A mugging story fabricated by American swimmer Ryan Lochte stole some of the limelight of the Olympic Games as the 32-year-old claimed he and teammates Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen were robbed at gunpoint, giving rise to concerns over the Games' security.

Lochte eventually apologized after police said the swimmers vandalized a bathroom at the gas station and armed guards confronted them and asked them to pay for the damages.

Previously two bullets found in the equestrian media room and the stone attack on a media bus forced the host to beef up security which saw 85,000 forces deployed to safeguard the Games.

Besides the Lochte scandal, European Olympic chief Patrick Hickey was arrested for his part in a ticket scam and ambush marketing. Prosecutors said the scheme aimed to make $3 million in profits.

The mystery of the blue diving pool turned into a murky green lasted almost a week before the organizers changed most of the water after a failed attempt to adjust chemical components in the water.