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Oh, Rio: Body Parts Wash Up at Olympic Volleyball Venue

(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

How do you say “OMG” in Portuguese?

Parts of a dismembered body were found along Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday, just steps from where Olympic volleyball players will be competing this summer.

A street vendor made the grisly discovery – a mutilated, human corpse wrapped in black plastic. The sex of the victim could not be determined, according to the Journal of Brazil.

A police officer who is part of the country’s effort to secure tourist areas, was punished after sending a photo of the grisly scene with this message via WhatsApp:

“Things in Rio are getting worse. I’m on duty here in the headquarters of BPTur (Police Battalion in Tourist Areas). They just found a dismembered body on Copacabana Beach behind the volleyball arena they are constructing. Man, now it’s all going to come down on this government. A better thing couldn’t have happened.”

Although it’s become a minor hobby of mine chronicling all that could go or is going wrong with the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting a “dismembered corpse/beach volleyball” story. Who’s in charge of the Rio organizing committee, Stephen King?

These Olympics are already plagued with organizational problems to go along with the Zika fears (Jason Day, the number one golfer in the world, just announced his withdrawal), and the host country is experiencing a bit of political turmoil. The last thing they needed was a corpse problem. Even casual beach volleyball players know there’s nothing worse than jumping up to spike the ball and landing on a head that’s no longer attached to a body (too soon?).

If the Rio Summer Olympics make it through two weeks without any bad major incidents they may have to fly in Al Michaels for the closing ceremonies to reprise his “Do you believe in miracles?!?” line from the 1980 Winter Games.