February 1, 2016 / 9:40 PM / a year ago

Brazil government sees no risk of canceling Olympics due to Zika

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A general view of the swimming pool of Pinheiros club, where the Chinese Olympic team will be training before the Rio Olympics, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 1, 2016.Paulo Whitaker

BRASILIA (Reuters) - There is no risk of canceling the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year due to an outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, which has been linked to birth defects in newborns, President Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff said on Monday.

"We have to explain to those coming to Brazil, the athletes, that there is zero risk if you are not a pregnant women," Rousseff's chief of staff, Jaques Wagner, told reporters.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Leslie Adler

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