Rio officials promise safe Games despite Zika virus


Rio Olympics venue management director Gustavo Nascimento is certain the Games will be safe despite the threat of the Zika virus.

There are fears the outbreak in the Americas could be a bigger threat to global health than Ebola, which killed over 11,000 people in Africa.

It has also cast a shadow over the Olympics, which start in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.

However, Nascimento is sure doctors and organisers will ensure a safe Games later this year.

"We have our chief medical officer working with authorities and working with federal government, state and city to make sure that we have a complete safe environment for the Games," he said.

"I'm not an expert. I'm not involved in the technical discussions of it.

"But I'm sure the doctor and all the entities are completely dedicated to this cause.

"We are going to deliver a completely safe environment for spectators, athletes, officials and NOCs [National Olympic Committees] to come here for the Games."