Controversies during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games


International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach was proud that Rio 2016 was the most "clicked-on and shared Games" in history.

What he did not mention, though, is that much of this traffic has been related to what has been lumped together under the hashtag #Rioproblems.

Here is a Press Association Sport guide to some of the controversies that have been part of the Rio 2016 story.

Russian doping


When people were not worrying about the Zika virus, the involvement of Russia's team was the big issue in the build-up.

Punish all of them for their country's flagrant cheating or sort the guilty from the innocent? In the end, the IOC went for the latter, but it was a messy process that highlighted worrying cracks in global sport's response to drugs cheats.

Dangerous course

Cycling's road race course showcase Rio's beauty but pushed the riders too far.

The key descent - a fast, twisting road through trees, flanked by concrete storm drains - injured three of the best male riders in the world, while Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten crashed while leading the women's race.

She ended up with a concussion and fractures but it could have been much worse.

Bombs and bullets

Two bullets shot from a nearby favela landed at the equestrian venue, one passing through the media tent, and security forces started doing controlled explosions on any bag left unattended for even a few minutes.

The worst incident occurred when somebody either shot at or threw rocks at a bus returning to the media centre. Journalists on the bus were convinced it was a bullet.

Ryan Lochte

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The full story of what really happened with Lochte and three fellow US swimmers will probably never be known, lost in the fog of a boozy climax to four years' of training.

But Lochte has admitted he "over-exaggerated" the 'robbery at gunpoint' tale and a petrol station toilet was vandalised by somebody, for some reason.

To Brazilians, this was a group of over-privileged foreigners behaving badly and resorting to a Rio scare story to cover their embarrassment.

Boxing referees


If Lochte's lack of judgement was embarrassing to himself, some of the judgements in the boxing competition threaten to do more than embarrass AIBA, the sport's governing body.

Bad calls and claims of fixes have dogged Olympic boxing for decade. But it was still a shock when AIBA responded to a couple of contentious decisions by sending six judges and its executive director home.

Pat Hickey

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What started with the arrest of a director of a UK-based corporate hospitality firm became a full-blown crisis for the Olympic Council of Ireland, and perhaps the IOC, when Hickey was arrested at his five-star hotel.

The corporate hospitality director was found to have nearly 1,000 top tickets in his possession, most of them marked as coming from the OCI. It is illegal to resell tickets for more than their face value in Brazil.

The 71-year-old Hickey, the OCI president and long-standing IOC member, is currently in Rio's notorious Bangu prison, head shaved, awaiting a court appearance.