The few Brazilian fans that haven't been priced out of attending events at the Rio games have made headlines for their refusal to have any athlete trample upon their nation's reputation. This met its most absurd - and admittedly funniest - manifestation during the women's football, as American goalkeeper and one-time Star Wars lead star Hope Solo was met by a chorus of 'Ziiiiiikkkkkaaaaaa' every time she touched the ball, having posted this tweet:
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July 22, 2016
The latest athlete to incur the wrath of the Brazilian fans is Ireland's Scott Evans, who last night qualified for the last-16 of the badminton competition following a two sets to one win over Brazilian Ygor Coelho de Oliveira.
Evans took the first set easily (21-8), but allowed his Brazilian opponent back into the tie in the second set, losing 21-19. The deciding set saw the balance of power restored, however, with Evans coasting to a 21-8 victory. With 13 match points, Evans needed only one to progress to the next round, and he celebrated in customary style: by ripping off his shirt.
Such incorrigible showmanship and confidence didn't go down well with the Brazilian crowd, however, as Evans as met by a chorus of boos. Not that it bothered him one bit:
Evans goes on to the last-16 and nudges ever closer to our first Olympic medal in badminton. He returns to his court next Monday.