Zika cases at Olympics will be ‘close to zero’, says Brazil sports minister

Owen Gibson – The Guardian, 06/06/2016

Brazil’s new sports minister has predicted there will be “close to zero” cases of Zika recorded during the Olympic Games as he mounted a trenchant rearguard action over a host of issues clouding preparations for Rio.

Leonardo Picciani, who recently became the third person to fill the role since March, said he was convinced the Games, which start on 5 August, would be a success despite a backdrop of political and economic turmoil and a range of other concerns from unfinished transport links to doping controversies.

On a visit to London during which he also met the culture secretary, John Whittingdale, and the mayor, Sadiq Khan, Picciani also promised a crucial extension to the metro would open “a couple of days before the opening ceremony”, that Brazil would finish in the top 10 in the medal table and there would be a last-minute surge in demand for tickets.

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