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Zika, political unrest won't derail Olympics - organizers assure IOC


<h3>Brazilian organisers assured the International Olympics Committee (<span class="caps">IOC</span>) on Thursday that the Rio games would not be derailed by the Zika outbreak, a presidential impeachment or construction delays.</h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Executive Board wraps up day 2 of meetings with reports from Organising Committees <a href="https://t.co/SYxzH51ftq">https://t.co/SYxzH51ftq</a> <a href="https://t.co/bo4FzLgWSG">pic.twitter.com/bo4FzLgWSG</a></p>— <span class="caps">IOC</span> <span class="caps">MEDIA</span> (@iocmedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/iocmedia/status/738451178816557056">June 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>This followed a three-day meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, as members of the <span class="caps">IOC</span> executive board sought to allay political, economic and health concerns as the games approach.</p> <p>Last week, a group of 150 scientists suggested the Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the outbreak of Zika virus, <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ioc-reviewing-final-preparations-rio-janeiro-games-083339575--oly.html">according to media reports</a>. The World Health Organization however said there was ‘‘no public health justification’‘ to call off the Olympics, and the <span class="caps">IOC</span> insisted too that the games will go ahead.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Athletics arena in Rio on fast track to success <a href="https://t.co/rNTgIkVn6H">https://t.co/rNTgIkVn6H</a> <a href="https://t.co/2qKuRipcjv">pic.twitter.com/2qKuRipcjv</a></p>— <span class="caps">IOC</span> <span class="caps">MEDIA</span> (@iocmedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/iocmedia/status/732584124502810624">May 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><span class="caps">IOC</span> President Thomas Bach plans to visit Brazil between June 14-16 to inspect the preparations. He will meet acting President Michel Temer, who took over last month from suspended Dilma Rousseff. A final vote on Rousseff’s removal could come just three days before the opening of the games on August 5th.</p>
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