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Olympics investigating report of kayak capsizing after hitting submerged sofa

Rio Olympics

We may already have our strangest and most amusing story to come out of the Rio Olympic games.

Paul Kelso, a journalist for Sky Sports in the UK, reported on Friday that an Olympic kayaker had capsized after hitting a submerged couch. No, really.

The report, which immediately sparked the #kayaksofa hashtag on Twitter, was not corroborated by anyone else. Nevertheless, the organizers are taking it seriously enough as to investigate it.

Look, we are well aware that certain aspects of the games — particularly the Olympic village — aren’t exactly up to standard. You’d think, though, that an Olympic kayaker would be able to participate without the fear of capsizing on errant furniture. I must confess, on a personal note, that a large part of me desperately wants this to be true. It almost seems too absurd to make up.

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