International Olympic Committee suspends Rio 2016 chief Nuzman amid bribery probe

IOC Suspends Brazilian Olympic Committee due to Corruption Scandal

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

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended Brazil Olympic Committee and its president, Carlos Nuzman, amid an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring the Rio Games previous year. Both men face allegations including corruption and money laundering.

Nuzman was arrested in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday as part of a probe into allegations he helped buy votes from the International Olympic Committee to secure Rio's hosting of the 2016 Games.

However, the International Olympic Committee said Brazil's athletes would not be affected and they will continue to be paid.

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.

Businessman Arturo Soares, nicknamed "King Arthur", a top contractor for Cabral's administration, allegedly delivered the payment three days before the vote.




Nuzman was arrested on Thursday by the federal police in connection with a case on bribing to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

Nuzman also tried to hide his wealth, often hiding it in foreign accounts, the statement read.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, head of Brazil's Olympics committee, has chose to step away from the games' governing body, according to a statement by the National Olympics Committee on Saturday.

Brazilian prosecutors revealed Thursday they believed Nuzman has stored 16 bars of gold in a depository in Geneva and greatly increased his wealth while overseeing the Rio bid and organizing committees.

Rio 2016 was credited with being a sporting and organizational success, but revelations of massive corruption during the preparations and now even in the awarding of the Games have tarnished the legacy.

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