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Rio 2016 signs deal with Brazilian Medical Association

The 2016 Olympics in Brazil will mark the first time the Olympics are held in South America.

News 16 May 2015, 10:12 IST

Brazilian President Dilma Roussef with the mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games

Rio de Janerio, May 16 (IANS) Athletes and delegates at the Rio 2016 Olympics will be treated by doctors from the Brazilian Medical Association under a deal struck with the organisers.

Nearly 70 doctors in a range of specialities will be on hand for daily polyclinic walk-in sessions during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rio2016.com said on Friday, Xinhua reported.

"The Brazilian Medical Association is a very well-respected institution," said Joao Grangeiro, chief medical officer for the Rio 2016 Committee.

"Its members are outstanding professionals and teachers in different areas of medicine. This technical and scientific support is part of Rio 2016's commitment to create a panel of specialists to guarantee the best medical care for athletes and delegates."

The Rio 2016 Games, to be held from August 5 to 21 next year, will be the first Olympics in South America.

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