Updated: 23 February 2014 12:00
Hilarious Sochi Olympic fails

Embarrassing moments that took Twitter by storm

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Text: Kymie Hwang
Translated by: Dang Hui Ling
Photos: Twitter

In less than 12 hours, athletes and journalists will bid goodbye to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games,  after two weeks of competition.

While Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and his Olympic organising committee patted themselves on the back and declared the Games - the most expensive Olympics ever - a success, it was not without its fair share of scandals and controversies.

Even before the Olympic flame was lit, the Games was overshadowed by fears of terrorism and concerns over the host nation's human rights record.

On Feb 5, the US government cautioned its citizens and airlines that armed terrorists might hide explosives on board flights travelling to Russia.

And a day later, in a statement addressed to the International Olympic Committee, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the unfair treatment of homosexuals, amid growing criticism of Russia's so-called "gay propaganda" laws.

In the statement, Ban rallied the people to unite against discrimination and emphasised that no forms of hate or prejudice should be condoned in the 21st century. Shortly after, Kozak refuted the reports of homophobism in the country.

Yet, what became the hottest topic on social media was, in fact, Sochi’s unpreparedness for the world’s most prestigious sporting event – poor and absurd facilities, unopened shops and unfinished hotels.

Twitter posts by athletes and journalists went so viral that a hashtag (#SochiProblems) was specially created to compile all failings of the event.

Here are some of the hilarious posts that took Twitter by storm.

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