IOC monitors Brazil political crisis ahead of Olympics


LAUSANNE: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) announced that it was monitoring very closely the political crisis in Brazil five months ahead of the Rio Olympic Games. Brazil has Latin America’s largest economy and will host the Olympics Games from August 5 to 21. But the country is currently plunged into its deepest recession in 25 years, with it’s ruling leftist Workers Party (PT) of President Dilma Rousseff embroiled in a corruption scandal concerning an embezzlement scheme at state oil company Petrobras. As well as the political and economic crisis, Brazil has also been confronted with the Zika virus epidemic, with 1.5 million cases since 2015.



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