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Saturday 23 September 2017

French prosecutors to investigate bribery allegations for Rio 2016 vote

File photo taken in August 2016 shows the Refugee Olympic Team marching during the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics at the Maracana Stadium. The International Olympic Committee Executive Board agreed on July 9, 2017, to continue to support refugees by getting them involved in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Kyodo)
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File photo taken in August 2016 shows the Refugee Olympic Team marching during the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics at the Maracana Stadium. The International Olympic Committee Executive Board agreed on July 9, 2017, to continue to support refugees by getting them involved in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo (Photo by Kyodo News via Getty Images)

Matt Slater

The French probe into corruption at world athletics governing body the IAAF has been extended to allegations of bribery ahead of the 2009 vote that awarded the 2016 Olympics to Rio.

France's financial prosecutor has been investigating ex-IAAF boss Lamine Diack and his close circle of advisers and family members since 2015 and has already announced it is looking into claims of corruption related to the 2013 vote that gave Tokyo the right to stage the 2020 Games, as well as bribery linked to IAAF events.

That investigation has now turned to claims International Olympic Committee (IOC) members were bribed ahead of the 2009 vote that saw Rio beat bids from Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago.

In a statement, the French prosecutor announced it is holding a press conference in Rio at 3pm UK time (11am local), alongside their Brazilian counterparts, to discuss "the latest investigations in France and Brazil".

This follows local reports that Brazilian Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 boss Carlos Nuzman has been arrested and his Rio home raided early on Tuesday morning.

The 84-year-old Diack, who ran the IAAF from 1999 to 2015 and also held senior roles at the IOC, has been under arrest in France since 2015, while his son Papa Massata Diack is in hiding in their native Senegal.

Both men, and several other leading athletics officials, have been banned for life by the IAAF.

As well as the allegations of vote-rigging and kick-backs from commercial deals, they covered up positive drugs tests and even blackmailed certain athletes to keep those positive tests quiet.

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