Saturday 18 November 2017

Brazilian police raid Olympic Committee president's home in Rio 2016 Olympics corruption investigation

Brazilian federal police are investigating a suspected international vote-buying scheme

Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) president Carlos Arthur Nuzman speaks during the ceremony of Brazil Olympics 2016 Awards at Cidade das Artes on March 29, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) president Carlos Arthur Nuzman speaks during the ceremony of Brazil Olympics 2016 Awards at Cidade das Artes on March 29, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Jack de Menezes

Brazilian police have raided the head of the Brazil’s Olympic committee’s home over allegations that the vote to award the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro was rigged.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee [BOC] and a member of the International Olympic Committee [IOC], was one of the targets in a series of raids as police served arrest warrants, conducted searches and seized evidence following allegations of an international vote-buying scheme, TV Globo reported.

It’s alleged that votes in Africa were bought before the 2009 vote, in which Rio was awarded hosting rights over Madrid by a result of 66-32.

The IOC has previously announced that it is investigating claims of corruption over how Rio won the 2016 Games. In March 2016, a French newspaper report accuses Brazilian businessmen of making a payment to Papa Massata Diack, son of former International Association of Athletics Federations president Lamine Diack, three days before the vote.

French newspaper Le Monde said a company linked to Brazilian businessman Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho paid $1.5m to Papa Massata Diack, who has since been given a lifetime ban from sport due to his role in covering up Russian athlete Valentin Balakhnichev’s positive doping test and blackmailing her for it. He denies any wrongdoing regarding the matter.

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