International Olympic Committee suspends Brazil's Nuzman after arrest in vote-buying scandal

IOC Suspends Brazilian Olympic Committee due to Corruption Scandal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday provisionally suspended Brazilian Olympic Committee president Carlos Nuzman following his arrest in a US$2 million vote-buying scandal.

However, it says Brazilian athletes have not been affected and will continue to be paid.

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The 75-year-old, who represented Brazil in volleyball at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, has also been removed from a commission to help organise the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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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.

Authorities allege that former Rio de Janeiro governor Sergio Cabral, who is serving a 14-year prison term for bribery and money laundering, masterminded the plot. Their case explores suspicious payments linked to how the city won the hosting rights for the 2016 Olympics.

The Rio 2016 committee's chief operating officer Leonardo Gryner was arrested in a separate raid in Rio on Thursday. He is also believed to have stored gold bars in Geneva. The decision means subsidies and payments to the body from the International Olympic Committee have been blocked.

The move, however, is not expected to have any effect on Brazilian athletes, as they can still compete in the global events, including the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Rio games were generally credited with being a sporting and organizational success, but revelations of massive corruption during the preparations and now even in the naming of the host city have tarnished the legacy.

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