April 18, 2016

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The IOC says the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff should not divert from preparations for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil's Chamber of Deputies voted Sunday to open impeachment proceedings against Rousseff, less than four months before the Aug. 5 opening of South America's first Olympics. The measure now goes to the Senate, where a majority vote will determine whether Rousseff is suspended.

The IOC says preparations ''have now entered into a very operational phase where these kinds of political issues have much less influence than at other stages of organizing the Olympic Games.''

The IOC coordination commission visited Rio last week for its final inspection ahead of the games.

The IOC says ''we have seen the great progress being made and we remain confident about the success of the Olympic Games in August.''

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