Brazilian police investigate corruption allegations over Rio 2016 Olympic Games vote


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.

 

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