Swiss prosecutors to help Brazil investigate Nuzman vote-buying scheme

Swiss prosecutors to help Brazil investigate Nuzman vote-buying scheme

Swiss prosecutors to help Brazil investigate Nuzman vote-buying scheme

Brazilian and French authorities have alleged Nuzman played a key role in funneling $2 million to former International Olympic Committee member Lamine Diack, who helped land Rio the 2016 games, ESPN reported.

And as Nuzman is the president of the Brazilian Olympic committee too, that body has also been suspended, meaning any payments from the IOC are frozen and it can not vote on Olympic-related matters.

BERN, Switzerland (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Switzerland have agreed to help Brazilian authorities investigating Olympic official Carlos Nuzman, who is suspected vote-buying in a corruption conspiracy linked to the Rio de Janeiro Games.

On Friday, the IOC provisionally suspended Nuzman, stripping him of his honorary membership and removing him from the coordination committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"T$3 he IOC will accept a Brazilian Olympic Team in the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 and in all other competitions under the umbrella of the COB".

He also resigned as chairman of the Rio 2016 organising committee, which ran the first Olympics ever held in South America.

Nuzman's arrest follows a raid in September by police who searched his home and seized his passport. Police said in a statement that Carlos Nuzman, 75, was arrested on suspicion of corruption, money laundering and criminal association. The city was awarded the summer games in 2009, beating Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.

In charge of Brazil's Olympic committee since 1995, Nuzman, 72, led Rio's successful 2009 bid to host the 2016 games.

In a statement, the International Olympic Committee said COB is being sanctioned because it was responsible for "the candidature of Rio de Janeiro in 2009".

The IOC added, "The provisional suspension may be lifted partly or fully when the governance issues of the [Brazil Olympic Committee] have been addressed to the satisfaction of the [IOC executive board]".

The IOC's statement concludes with a request to the relevant authorities in Brazil, France and elsewhere for assistance in its own investigation into what has happened in regard to Rio 2016.

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