Brazilian ambassador proses great Olympics

February 19, 2016
@Normal: Brazillian Ambassador Carlos Den Hartog.

Brazilian Ambassador to Jamaica Carlos den Hartog promises that "an amazing time" awaits Jamaica's athletes and travellers for this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian also confirmed that issues of security and the Zika Virus are being properly tackled by his government.

Hartog also reminded Jamaicans that they do not need tourist or business visas for Brazil as both countries signed an agreement in June last year, which is fully operational. The ambassador was speaking at a press conference and memorandum of understanding signing between the Jamaica Table Tennis Association and the Jamaica Paralympic Association at the Sir John Golding Rehab Centre in Elleston Flats, St Andrew, on Wednesday.

"The Brazilian government is taking all measures to ensure that the games will run fine for all. I am sure t it will be amazing for Jamaican athletes, Olympics and Paralympics, for the records and medals that you already have collected in this country," he said.

"The Zika Virus epidemic has been an issue of concern for those who will participate in or assist with the games. Brazil is one of the South American countries most affected by the virus, but we have been working relentlessly to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Brazil," he underlined.

According to the diplomat, 300,000 health experts are working on it (Zika Virus) in Brazil right now.

"The WHO has already stated that there is no reason to believe that it may affect in any way, Olympic or Paralympic Games in Rio, except the case of pregnant ladies because we are still studying that link," he said.

Hartog indicated that his country had been cooperating with all partnersinternational and regional220,000 soldiers from the army, the navy, the air force, and the National Guard having been mobilised to eliminate the mosquito that spreads ZikV.

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