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

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

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Brazilian organisers assured the International Olympics Committee (IOC) on Thursday that the Rio games would not be derailed by the Zika outbreak, a presidential impeachment or construction delays.

This followed a three-day meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, as members of the IOC executive board sought to allay political, economic and health concerns as the games approach.

Last week, a group of 150 scientists suggested the Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the outbreak of Zika virus, according to media reports. The World Health Organization however said there was ‘‘no public health justification’‘ to call off the Olympics, and the IOC insisted too that the games will go ahead.

IOC 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.

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