February 19, 2018

Olympics: IOC suspends Brazilian national Olympic body

07 October 2017, 12:14 | Rufus Hill

Buda Mendes Getty Images Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman

Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman arrested

Brazilian police yesterday arrested the chairman of the Brazilian Olympic Committee as part of a probe into alleged buying of votes to secure Rio de Janeiro's hosting of the Olympics previous year. The two are being charged with corruption and money-laundering in what is being called Operation Unfair Play.

Nuzman, 72, who has headed Brazil's Olympic Committee since 1995, was detained on Thursday, one month after police raided his home and office on accusations of corruption. Nuzman is also accused of bribing the son of Lamine Diack, former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations and a former IOC member from Senegal. No charges have yet been laid.

Carlos Nuzman, who is also an honorary member of the global olympic Committee, was questioned by the brazilian authorities and the French last month.

It said Nuzman would provisionally lose all the "the rights, prerogatives and functions" deriving from his International Olympic Committee status and that he would be withdrawn from the coordination commission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Mr Nuzman, 72, led the committee from 1995 and headed Rio's successful bid to host the 2016 Games.

In Nuzman's last 10 years as Brazilian Olympic Committee president, his net worth increased 457 per cent, according to investigators.

In an arrest order, Bretas said Nuzman's wealth grew by 416 percent between 2006 and 2016 and that he had assets overseas that were only declared after the vote-buying investigation began.

The COB in Rio de Janeiro said it did not immediately have any comment to make when contacted by Reuters.

The IOC's statement concludes with a request to the relevant authorities in Brazil, France and elsewhere for assistance in its own investigation into what has happened in regard to Rio 2016.

Suspending Nuzman and removing him from Tokyo work was recommended on Thursday by Ban Ki-Moon, the former United Nations secretary general who the International Olympic Committee announced last month would chair its panel scrutinizing unethical conduct.

Suspending the COB is an unprecedented act by the IOC EB.

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