President of Brazil's Olympic Committee Arrested in Vote Buying Scheme

Angelica Greene
October 6, 2017

The head of Brazil's 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro was arrested Thursday after it was revealed he had 16 bars of gold stashed away in a Swiss bank.

Carlos A. Nuzman has been under investigation as part of a probe into bribery allegations that surfaced after Brazil landed the 2016 games. A press conference is scheduled for later today by investigators to explain the new developments in "Operation Unfair Play".

It emerged earlier this week that Nuzman and Gryner had met Brazilian businessman Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho shortly before the International Olympic Committee session in Copenhagen in October 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Games.

The officers also arrested the Rio 2016 committee's chief operating officer Leonardo Gryner, according to an AFP photographer.

Nuzman, who has headed Brazil's Olympic Committee since 1995, saw his assets increase 457 percent over the past decade with no clear source for the new income, prosecutors said.

They believe he is a central figure in channelling £1.5m to Lamine Diack, a former International Olympic Committee member from Senegal who helped secure votes for Rio when it was picked by the International Olympic Committee in 2009.

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On September 5, Carlos Nuzman had been interrogated for several hours by the federal police who suspect him of having been "the central element" of a network of alleged corruption that allowed the city to obtain the olympics.

Brazilian authorities have said the behind-the-scenes dealings to win the vote amounted to a "criminal organization", led by Sergio Cabral, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro who has been jailed on a different corruption conviction. On Thursday, prosecutors said they have since uncovered emails showing the younger Diack asked for more money and received it.

Rio 2016 was credited with being a sporting and organizational success, but revelations of massive corruption during the preparations and now even in the awarding of the Games have tarnished the legacy. Nuzman is an honorary International Olympic Committee member after his membership ended in 2013.

The investigation is part of an global operation called "Unfair Play" in which investigators from Brazil, France and Antigua and Barbuda are cooperating.

"The IOC will not comment further on this matter until a recommendation is issued by the IOC Ethics Commission", Olympic officials stated.

The ethics commission is chaired by former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon and it can recommend action against individuals to the IOC's executive board.

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