Olympic officials have defended Russia’s use of fake TV footage to stop viewers realising the iconic rings had failed to light during the opening ceremony – claiming: ‘I don’t see what the problem is to be honest’.
Minutes into the ceremony in Sochi, there was a glitch when one of the five snowflakes failed to open out into an Olympic ring – leading a planned pyrotechnic display to be cancelled.
However, state broadcaster Rossiya 1 cut straight to rehearsal footage where the rings came together and exploded on cue, with producers confirming the switch had happened to preserve the imagery of the Olympic symbols.
Today, Mark Adams, of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said some broadcasters ‘decided to take some other footage’ while others did not.
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