Olympic 2016 is turning out to be a nightmare for host city Brazil, as after a series of controversies with regards to its preparations, funding and players’ safety from Zika virus, it is once again finding itself in news all for the wrong reasons.
But the relay event, which is supposed to be symbolic for the country, took a horrific turn on June 20 when a Brazilian soldier was forced to shoot and kill a jaguar that had just few minutes ago featured in the torch ceremony.
While the photography session went without a hitch, Juma tried to bolt for freedom soon after the session was over.
But while on her way back, she bolted and ran towards a soldier, who ended up firing the fatal shot.
Expressing shock over the incident, the Rio 2016 organising committee said in a statement:
“We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal. This image goes against our beliefs and our values. We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.”
The incident has now caused uproar among animal rights groups, who questioned why the animal was involved in the Olympic event in the first place as it is already a threatened species that is near extinction.