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AVAILABLE EXPERT - Calls to move, delay Olympic Games

Friday, May 13, 2016

Queen's University professor Geoffrey Smith is available to comment on the rising chorus of experts calling on the International Olympic Committee to delay or relocate the 2016 Olympics. Brazil has been experiencing a serious health crisis with the spread of Zika virus, which has led to concerns the virus could be spread more widely by the estimated half-million tourists who will attend the games. Brazil is also experiencing a crisis of political leadership, with President Dilma Rousseff suspended from office following a Senate vote to open an investigation into corruption allegations.

"Brazil is in deep political trouble, with the future of the presidency at stake," says Dr. Smith. "Add to this disequilibrium the presence of the Zika virus, and you have a perfect storm of uncertainty as the country moves toward its rendezvous with the Olympic Games. Clearly, mission control has a problem."

Dr. Smith is a professor emeritus of physical and health education and of history at Queen's University. During his career, he taught the social and cultural history and the sociology of sport in the United States and Canada. He has previously commented in the media about issues ranging from the FIFA World Cup to the candidacy of Donald Trump.

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