IOC suspends Brazilian Olympic Committee, president over corruption allegations

Sheri Evans
October 9, 2017

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, head of Brazil's Olympics committee, has made a decision to step away from the games' governing body, according to a statement by the National Olympics Committee on Saturday.

The decision comes after the arrest on Thursday of the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Nuzman, due to his alleged participation in a purchase of juries to get the venue of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro a year ago. The IOC said its decision will not affect Brazilian athletes, who will continue to receive scholarship funds and be eligible for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Carlos Nuzman was arrested Friday in Rio de Janeiro on allegations of buying votes inside the International Olympic Committee, as he faces charges that include corruption and money-laundering.

The inquiry, known as Operation Unfair Play, is being conducted in conjunction with law enforcement authorities in the United States and France.

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In a news conference following Nuzman's arrest, federal prosecutor Fabiana Schneider said the investigation had uncovered evidence Nuzman paid an additional $450,000 to $500,000 to secure the games.

Ban Ki-moon, chief of the IOC's ethics commission, on Thursday also pledged cooperation and asked Brazilian authorities for all available information on the case. Both men face allegations including corruption and money laundering.

The committee said Nuzman would provisionally lose all the "the rights, prerogatives and functions" as a former IOC member and now an honorary member of the global organization. The latest scandal cast a pall over a meeting in Lima last month of the International Olympic Committee following the designation of Paris for the 2024 Games and Los Angeles as the 2028 host city. The assets include 16 kg in gold bars deposited in Switzerland, Bretas said.

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