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Brazil's new sports minister vows Olympics will be a 'success'

The 2016 Olympic Games will open in Rio de Janeiro on August 5Brazil’s new sports minister vowed Friday that the Olympics would be an “absolute success” despite the turmoil roiling the host country, whose president has been suspended pending an impeachment trial. Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani took up the job Thursday after interim president Michel Temer took power from sidelined leftist leader Dilma Rousseff, whose popularity nosedived amid a deep recession and massive corruption scandal. Construction and preparations for the Games, which open in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, “are advancing well, respecting the timeline, and I’m absolutely convinced we’ll have no problem,” Picciani, a 36-year-old former congressman, told public news service Agencia Brasil.

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