Putting a positive spin on things, Johnson listed Hunt's bell-ringing clanger as one of the reasons to be cheerful about the Olympics.
"Jeremy Hunt has introduced a new sport to the games, to go with the discus, shot-put, javelin," Johnson wrote in Monday's Daily Telegraph. "It is bell-whanging. ... The rules have yet to be codified — there is still a dispute about whether you get extra points for hitting a spectator — but you can be sure they will be codified in London."
In this new age of social media — and with the eyes of the world on London — more blunders are inevitable, Cashmore said.
"I think previous Olympics have been just as marred by security lapses, but now we are so acutely aware of everything that these things are magnified," he said. "We are looking at things microscopically now."
Jenna Fryer contributed.
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