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Watch: Arse-Chancery Of The Highest Order As Olympic Torch Is Attacked With A Fire Extinguisher

Watch: Arse-Chancery Of The Highest Order As Olympic Torch Is Attacked With A Fire Extinguisher

Everything that can possibly go wrong seems to be going wrong ahead of the Rio Olympics. With doping bans and athletes pulling out due to fears surrounding the Zika Virus, it really isn't shaping up well ahead of the games.

Even the ancient Olympic torch relay is proving a problematic task. The modern day flame was introduced during the 1936 Summer Olympics, but the ancient tradition can be traced back to ancient Greece, symbolising the fire Prometheus stole from Zeus.

An old fable exists that suggests the torch has been burning since the first Olympic games, and has never been put out - which is false. But one Brazilian decided to test how eternal the flame was by attacking it with a fire extinguisher.

Yes, a fire extinguisher. As the torch was paraded down the streets of Joinville, South Brazil - the torchbearer was attacked by a fire extinguisher, as someone appeared to think they had devised a cunning fan to ruin the torch relay. Spoiler alert: his efforts were in vain, as police officials detained the man.

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