Olympic officials insist that political changes will have no impact on the Games, beyond who declares the Games officially open during the Opening Ceremony.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff moved one step closer to being removed from office after a motion for her impeachment gained the necessary two-thirds majority in the Lower House of Parliament, with just three and a half months to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Brazilian cities including Rio de Janeiro both in support and opposition to the under-fire leader as events unfolded live on television.
Rousseff is accused of “fiscal irresponsibility” in relation to allegedly trying to manipulate budget gaps during the 2014 Presidential Election.
Her opponents secured 367 votes in the Lower House, comfortably passing the 342-vote mark needed to send the motion to the Senate.
A total of 167 deputies supported Rousseff, while seven others abstained and two were absent.
This means the vote now passes to the Senate, where a simple majority of 50 per cent will be required to force her to stand down for at least 180 days – so until after the Olympic and Paralympic Games – while a trial takes place.