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Brazil: Embattled Rousseff inaugurates Rio 2016 aquatic stadium

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<p><strong>Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff has inaugurated the Aquatic Stadium to be used for the 2016 Rio Olympics.</strong></p> <p>Rio is getting ready to host the first Olympic games in South America from August 5 to 21.</p> <p>Organisers have been grappling with pollution and threats of the zika virus which is spreading across the continent.</p> <p>Rousseff used the ceremony to talk about moves to impeach her over a series of scandals and probes.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Political Crisis Will Not Harm Rio Olympics: Dilma Rousseff: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated an… <a href="https://t.co/2hlB4vCtB8">https://t.co/2hlB4vCtB8</a></p>— Ratan Lang (@RatanLang) <a href="https://twitter.com/RatanLang/status/718653208525037569">April 9, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Brazil is preparing to host the games at a time when the country has been hit by its worst recession in decades. Organisers have imposed some cost cutting measures they hope will help them save some money.</p> <p>Authorities however say they suspect fraud in the construction of Olympic venues – which have been awarded to the same construction and engineering firms named in the Petrobras probe. </p> <p>But Olympic authorities have assured that the fraud probe will not affect construction works on the second largest Olympic cluster – Deodero – which will host nine events during the games. </p> <p><strong><em>Reuters</em></strong></p>
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