By: Lee Chin-wei and Lilian Wu
Taipei/Lausanne, April 19 (CNA) Wu Ching-kuo (吳經國), the only Taiwanese
member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on Monday the political turmoil in Brazil will not affect the preparations for this year’s Olympic Games.
Concerns grew over whether the 2016 Rio Olympics can be held as scheduled after the lower house of Brazil passed a motion to impeach President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday.
The impeachment motion will next go to the country’s Senate, and if a majority approves it, Rousseff will have to step down for 180 days to defend herself in an impeachment trial, leaving a potential power vacuum at the top of the country’s government.
In a telephone interview with CNA Monday in Lausanne, Wu said Brazil’s political upheaval will not affect the country’s preparations for the Olympics, being held from Aug. 5 to Aug. 21. [FULL STORY]