Olympic Committee Suspends Brazil Over Vote-Buying Charges

Esther Moore
October 9, 2017

Nuzman's lawyers said he denies wrongdoing, and the International Olympic Committee said he had the presumption of innocence while its ethics commission studies the case.

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. Both men face allegations including corruption and money laundering.

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 IOC said Brazilian athletes would not be affected and those who qualified for next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang would be able to participate.

Businessman Arturo Soares, nicknamed "King Arthur", a top contractor for Cabral's administration, allegedly delivered the payment three days before the vote. The officers also arrested the Rio 2016 committee's chief operating officer Leonardo Gryner, according to an AFP photographer.

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He only declared he owned 16 gold bars weighing 1kg each when he was questioned a month ago, prosecutors said.

Nuzman was arrested on Thursday by the federal police in connection with a case on bribing to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland on Friday said it was "currently analyzing" a request from Brazil for legal assistance in the case.

Prosecutors said Nuzman's assets increased 457 percent over the past decade with no clear source for the new income.

The IOC added, "The provisional suspension may be lifted partly or fully when the governance issues of the [Brazil Olympic Committee] have been addressed to the satisfaction of the [IOC executive board]".

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