The political and economic turmoil in Brazil will “inevitably” affect next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a senior IOC official said Wednesday, as Brazilian organizers declared that preparations remain fully on track for the games.
With the opening ceremony less than eight months away, Brazil is dealing with severe recession, impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff and a massive corruption scandal involving state-run oil company Petrobras.
“They have political and economic difficulties,” IOC vice president Craig Reedie said. “Inevitably, they will affect the games. There are challenges. I think they and we will have to get through it.”