There has been no shortage of controversy on the Olympic Torch Relay ©Getty Images

A man has been arrested in Brazil for trying to grab the Olympic Torch in São Paulo.

The incident is the latest protest aimed at the Rio 2016 Torch Relay, which has been making its way through the country ahead of the Opening Ceremony on August 5.

Dressed in black, the man attempted to reach the Torch but was wrestled to the ground by members of the security cordon.

A female runner carrying the Torch then continued on her way after a short pause.

A number of Brazilian residents have protested as the Torch has passed through various regions of the country, claiming money should be directed elsewhere rather than being spent lavishly on the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A protester tried to put out the Torch with a fire extinguisher in Joinville earlier this month.

Emerging from the assembled crowd, a man charged at a Torchbearer and managed to get away one spray of foam before being held back by police.

It wasn’t enough to put the flame out, while the Torchbearer was unharmed.

The incident is not the first protest against the Relay ©YouTube/Gols HD
The incident is not the first protest against the Relay ©YouTube/Gols HD

In June, a leg of the Relay in Maracaju was interrupted when a man attempted to throw a bucket of water on the flame.

Later named as Marcelino Mateus Silva Proença, he was arrested after he fled the scene and was then released on bail having been ordered to pay a fine of $295 (£224/€267).

Another incident involved police motorcycles being knocked to the ground.

The Relay has also led to other controversies. 

In the Amazon city of Manaus on June 19, a jaguar which was used in the Torch Relay was shot at a military zoo.

The animal escaped from its handler and was shot with a tranquiliser dart.

Despite being knocked out, the jaguar was then shot dead by a soldier which led to widespread condemnation, particularly from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Organisers were also forced to cancel a section of the Olympic Torch Relay due to severe flooding in Brazil's northeastern region earlier last month.

The Torch Relay is due to cover more than 20,000 kilometres in all across the whole of Brazil.

When the flame does arrive in Rio, it is expected to burn in a city centre location for the duration of the Games.