International Olympic Committee suspends Nuzman over graft probe

IOC Suspends Brazilian Olympic Committee due to Corruption Scandal

IOC suspends Brazil Olympic Committee, Rio 2016 boss over vote-buying case

Nuzman denied any wrongdoing and said his leave of absence will last the time necessary to prove his innocence.

The IOC also announced that head of the Brazil Olympic Committee, Carlos Nuzman, has been suspended as an honorary member and that all payments to the body have been frozen. Both men face allegations including corruption and money laundering.

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Investigators believe US$2 million in bribes was paid to Papa Massata Diack, the son of Senegalese IOC member and former International Association of Athletics Federations president Lamine Diack, before the 2009 vote.

Nuzman was arrested on Thursday and is being investigated as part of a cash-for-votes probe linked to the bid for the 2016 Rio Games. Therefore, the EB takes the following decision with immediate effect: "To suspend provisionally the Brazilian Olympic Committee", the IOC said. Twenty police officers deployed early Thursday in Rio de Janeiro on orders from a federal judge, arresting Nuzman and seizing documents. The assets include 16 kg in gold bars deposited in Switzerland, Bretas said. He was an International Olympic Committee executive board member in October 2009 when he got a $300,000 payment linked to Brazil and the Diack family on the day Rio won.

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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.

The IOC added, "The provisional suspension may be lifted partly or fully when the governance issues of the [Brazil Olympic Committee] have been addressed to the satisfaction of the [IOC executive board]". 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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