The 2016 Summer Olympics are scheduled to begin today, but for some it has already begun with a bang.
Upon their arrival in Rio, a bus full of Chinese basketball reporters was caught in a roadside gunfight. Six locals were killed in the exchange, but no Chinese casualties have been reported.
Initially, the Chinese-language Basketball Magazine posted on Weibo that Chinese national basketball team players had been caught near the flurry of bullets, where they would have presumably suffered from flashbacks to their two exhibition matches against Team USA last month.
However, Basketball Magazine later corrected this report. Upon arriving at the Rio airport, players and reporters boarded different buses headed for the Olympic Village. The bus full of basketball players made it there without incident, while the one full of reporters got held up about 2km away from the airport.
The magazine has posted some photos of the shoot-out on Weibo:
Chinese hurdler Shi Dongpeng received a less dangerous, but more bizarre greeting in Rio earlier this week. Upon arriving at his hotel, Shi was vomited on by one Brazilian man, while an accomplice made off with his luggage. The perfect crime.
Elsewhere in Rio, a Russian official, and reportedly a master of jiu-jitsu, snatched away a robber’s gun and shot him dead in the street, according to police. Russia’s embassy in Rio has denied the reports.
Looks like it’s shaping up to be an interesting next few weeks.
But hey, it’s not all so bad.
[Images via Weibo]