Temer assures world Brazil ready for Olympics

Temer downplayed Brazil's problems & insisted it was ready to welcome visitors.

FILE: Brazilian acting President Michel Temer gestures during the inauguration ceremony of the new ministers at Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, on 12 May, 2016. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Brazil's interim president, Michel Temer, has moved to assure the world that his country will stage a successful Olympic Games despite the various challenges the nation is facing, with the showpiece less than a month away.

The preparation for the Games have been beset by financial and political turmoil as well as health scares, in the build-up which has seen many skeptical of Brazil being able to pull off the event.

Temer has downplayed the various concerns raised about Brazil's state of readiness to host the 31st Olympiad and said he looks forward to welcoming the approximately half a million visitors set to attend the event.

Despite worries about the Zika virus, high crime rates, infrastructure delays, recession and the political situation that sees him in place due to Dilma Roussef's suspension.

"Brazil is ready to receive all of the visitors who will be enjoying the pleasure of watching the world's elite international sports athletes compete," Temer said.

And he added that the country's track record in pulling off big events stands it in good stead.

"This will not be Brazil's first opportunity to show the world its capacity for organisation, and to welcome visitors warmly to a secure environment," Temer added.

"We hosted the World Cup, the Pan-American Games, the World Military Games, World Youth Day and the Confederations Cup... all unanimous successes. And now, another success is on its way."

The opening ceremony is on 5 August.