Seven years ago, on a night just like this, it was announced that Rio de Janeiro would be the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics. It would be the first time in the 120-year history of the sporting event that the Olympics would come to South America.
But little did they know, several events would happen that would make the Olympics seem cursed! Dun-dun-dun!
A smiling yellow jaguar named Ginga is the mascot of the Brazilian Olympic team. So it makes sense that Juma, a 17-year-old real-life jaguar was on display during the passing of the Olympic torch in the city of Manaus, right? What could possibly go wrong when bringing a wild animal instead of a guy in a suit to an event where there's going to be fire?
After the event, Juma was brought back to the zoo that is also part of a military training center. There, Juma escaped from her handlers. Juma was hit by four tranquilizer darts, but they didn't slow her down. She then turned on her veterinarian. A member of the Brazilian army shot and killed her with a single bullet. Yes, Brazil shot its own Olympic mascot right after an Olympic ceremony.
"It escaped and ran off as it was being moved from one area to another in the zoo,"said Colonel Luiz Gustavo Evelyn. "To protect the handler, it was sacrificed."
The local Games organizing committee is investigating the incident and promises it won't happen again."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,"saidthe local organizing committee Rio 2016. "We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016."
Also, Brazil's economy is collapsing, so it might not be the best time for sports? The country is currently going through the worst recession in 100 years.
When the IOC gave Rio the Olympics, the country was balling with a domestic product growth of nearly 7 percent. But somewhere along the way someone must have touched a monkey's paw, because in 2014, the country began to tank and it now has an unemployment rate of 11 percent.
And remember the Zika virus? It's still a thing! It was initially decided that Zika wouldn't be a threat, but recently, University of Ottawa public health expert Amir Attaran asked Olympic officials to relocate the games to prevent spreading the virus around the world.