IOC suspends Brazil Olympic Committee, Rio 2016 boss over vote-buying case

Jonathan Hernandez
October 9, 2017

Nuzman has denied all wrongdoing.

The Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the head of the national Olympics committee, who is accused of arranging more than $2 million in bribes to get the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pick Rio de Janeiro as host of the 2016 games. Authorities allege that former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, who is serving a 14-year prison term for bribery and money laundering, was the mastermind of the plot, which saw $2 million in bribes paid to the son of Senegalese IOC member Lamine Diack before the 2009 vote in which Rio beat Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to win the 2016 Games.

Nuzman, who has denied any wrongdoing, is accused by Brazil's federal police of bribing International Olympic Committee members to support Rio de Janeiro's candidacy to host the Games, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee was also provisionally suspended and had its funding frozen.

After police raided Nuzman's home in September, they accused him of paying a $2 million bribe to the son of Lamine Diack, a former International Olympic Committee member from Senegal. Their case explores suspicious payments linked to how the city won the hosting rights for the 2016 Olympics. Twenty police officers deployed early Thursday in Rio de Janeiro on orders from a federal judge, arresting Nuzman and seizing documents.

The IOC added that the bans would not extend to Brazilian athletes.

The gold is stored in a depository in Geneva, Switzerland.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, 75, was taken into custody along with Leonardo Gryner, a former director of the national Olympics committee, the police said.

A statement from IOC pointed out that 'the provisional suspension may be partially or fully lifted when the governance issues of that Brazilian body have been satisfactorily addressed to the IOC Executive Board'.

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