POSTED: October 5th 2017
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Olympics: Rio 2016 chief Carlos Nuzman and Director General Leonardo Gryner arrested on vote-buying probe

Brazilian Federal Police arrest Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman at his home in the upscale neighborhood Leblon in Rio de Janeiro © Getty Images
Brazilian Federal Police arrest Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman at his home in the upscale neighborhood Leblon in Rio de Janeiro © Getty Images

Rio 2016 Director General Leonardo Gryner © Getty Images
Rio 2016 Director General Leonardo Gryner © Getty Images

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife Yoo Soon-taek at Rio 2016. He is now in charge of the IOC Ethics Commission looking into Nuzman's allegations © Getty Images
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife Yoo Soon-taek at Rio 2016. He is now in charge of the IOC Ethics Commission looking into Nuzman's allegations © Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Brazilian police arrested Rio 2016 officials President Carlos Nuzman and Director General Leonardo Gryner today in relation to the "Unfair Play" cash for votes probe into the first South American Olympics. Nuzman is also head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and is an Honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Local newspaper O'Globo reports that Nuzman and Gryner are being slapped with an indictment for "corruption, money laundering and criminal organization." Nuzman was picked up and questioned last month by Brazilian authorities as he has been linked to a $2 million vote buying scandal including Papa Massata Diack son of Lamine Diack, the former head of the IAAF.

At that time authorities confiscated Nuzman's Brazilian and Russian passports preventing him from traveling to Lima, Peru for the IOC session to name two host cities Paris 2024 and LA 2028. Questions were raised as to why Nuzman needed a Russian passport leading to suspicions over his vote for Sochi 2014.

Now authorities claim that Nuzman's income has increased 475% during the last ten years and that a portion of it is hidden in Switzerland home of the IOC. Brazil, France, Antigua and Barbuda, the United States and the United Kingdom have all collaborated with Operation Unfair Play to get to the bottom of the cash for votes bringing the Games to South America.

According to The Guardian wealthy Brazilian businessman, Arthur Soares who is also known as "King Arthur", is named in the investigation as supplying the $2 million bribe to Papa Diack.

The IOC issued a statement today and ironically former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is now chairman of the Ethics Committee and will be the one at the head of the IOC's investigation. 

The former UN Secretary General was welcomed to the Rio 2016 Olympics by Nuzman and sat front and center with him and IOC President Thomas Bach at the opening ceremony for the Games.

An unnamed IOC spokesman said: "The International Olympic Committee takes note of the arrest of Mr Carlos Nuzman, IOC Honorary Member, by the Brazilian authorities. 

The IOC's Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer has asked the Brazilian authorities for full information in order to proceed with the IOC's investigation, and has offered the IOC's full cooperation. 

The IOC Ethics Commission's activities started immediately after the allegations were made, and the investigation is ongoing. Given the new facts, the IOC Ethics Commission may consider provisional measures while respecting Mr Nuzman's right to be heard. 

The IOC will not comment further on this matter until a recommendation is issued by the IOC Ethics Commission. It also reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails."

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-six years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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