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IOC Lifts Ban on Brazil Olympic Committee

Former Brazilian Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 boss Carlos Nuzman is among officials removed from the organization.Former Brazilian Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 boss Carlos Nuzman is among officials removed from the organization.

The International Olympic Committee has lifted its suspension of the Brazilian Olympic Committee.

The decision was made on the opening day of an IOC Executive Board meeting on Saturday after it was agreed that the BOC had resolved their internal governance issues, Insidethegamez.biz reported.

In particular, the IOC was satisfied that all figures involved in Rio de Janeiro’s candidature for the Olympics are no longer involved in BOC business and that all internal rules governing how a national Olympic committee should act are being followed.

A supposedly “independent” auditor has also scrutinized their accounts and found nothing untoward.

The decision means that the BOC will now receive all subsidies and payments frozen since the suspension was introduced last year.

It followed the arrest of then-Rio 2016 and BOC President Carlos Nuzman as part of a Brazilian and French investigation into alleged bribes paid during Rio’s successful Olympic bid in 2009.

It is alleged that Nuzman helped pay $2 million in bribes to try to influence the votes of African members of the IOC before the vote in Copenhagen in 2009, where Rio was awarded the Games ahead of Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

Nuzman is suspected by Brazilian prosecutors of being the main link between Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho, a businessman nicknamed “King Arthur”, and Senegal’s former International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack.

Paulo Wanderley Teixeira has since been confirmed as Nuzman’s replacement as BOC president.

 

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