IOC sus­pends Olympic of­fi­cial Nuz­man in vote-buy­ing case

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Af­ter be­ing ar­rested in Rio de Janeiro and ac­cused of stor­ing gold bars in Switzer­land, Brazil­ian Olympic Com­mit­tee president Car­los Nuz­man was sus­pended by the IOC on Fri­day.

The de­ci­sion came hours af­ter Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gat­ing a 2016 Olympic vote-buy­ing case asked for help from pros­e­cu­tors in Switzer­land.

The Brazil­ian Olympic Com­mit­tee was also pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended and had its fund­ing frozen. The world Olympic body also fur­ther cut ties with the Nuz­man-led Rio Games or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee which still has un­paid debts.

Nuz­man, a 75-year-old lawyer, was also re­moved from the IOC’s panel over­see­ing prepa­ra­tions for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee an­nounced the de­ci­sions af­ter an emer­gency con­fer­ence call of its ex­ec­u­tive board. The IOC said its de­ci­sion will not af­fect Brazil­ian ath­letes, who will con­tinue to re­ceive schol­ar­ship funds and be el­i­gi­ble for the 2018 Win­ter Olympics.

Nuz­man was ar­rested on Thurs­day on sus­pi­cion of ob­struct­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tors from Brazil and France, who de­tained and ques­tioned him one month ago. Their case explores suspi- cious pay­ments linked to how the city won the host­ing rights for the Olympics.

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

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