‘Brazilian sports pope’ and Rio 2016 Games boss gets 30 years in prison for corruption | Other sports

A judge in Brazil has sentenced Carlos Arthur Nuzman, former president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the big boss of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, to more than 30 years in prison for corruption, being part of a criminal organization, money laundering and foreign exchange smuggling. This is reported by Brazilian media.

Nuzman’s sentence to 30 years and 11 months in prison is the result of the judicial operation Dirty Game, a Brazilian investigation that has been ongoing since 2017 into possible bribery of members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the 2009 allocation procedure for the host city of the Olympic Games of 2016. Rio de Janeiro won that election.

The now 79-year-old Nuzman, who saw winning the Games for Rio de Janeiro as his ‘life’s work’, is said to have been the linchpin in the extensive corruption network, which aimed to buy votes among IOC members to win the election. of Rio as an Olympic city for 2016. Nuzman may await his appeal in freedom, judge Marcelo Bretas decided on Thursday after his ruling.

Carlos Nuzman (left), then President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (center) and then Governor of Rio de Janeiro State Sérgio Cabral (right) during the press conference following the announcement of Rio de Janeiro as an Olympic host city on October 2, 2009 © REUTERS

In the same trial, the former director of the Rio 2016 organizing committee, Leonardo Gryner, and the then governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral, were also convicted of their involvement in the case. Gryner was sentenced to 13 years and 10 months in prison, Cabral 10 years and 8 months. The former governor has been incarcerated for more than five years over a long list of other corruption cases. He was sentenced to a total of 393 years in prison.

Cabral stated during one of the hearings that he paid $2 million (about 1.78 million euros) to buy votes for the Rio Games. According to the former governor, between six and nine members of the IOC received money to vote for Rio de Janeiro. Cabral stated that they also included Ukrainian pole vault legend Sergei Bubka and four-time Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov of Russia.

‘Brazilian sports pope’

Carlos Nuzman was known in his homeland as the ‘Brazilian Sports Pope’. He was active in the sports world of the largest country in South America for more than fifty years and for decades was regarded as one of the most powerful sports directors in Brazil. As a volleyball player he played in the 1964 Tokyo Games. From 1975 he led the National Volleyball Federation for about two decades and in 1995 he became president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee. In that capacity, he was a member of the IOC from 2000 to 2012, which subsequently named him an honorary member.

In October 2017, after being arrested at his home in Rio de Janeiro’s posh Leblon neighborhood in the Rio 2016 bribery investigation, he resigned from his position as chief executive of Brazil’s Olympic Committee. In the investigation into Nuzman, the Brazilian justice came across 16 gold bars in a safe in the Swiss city of Geneva that would belong to him. The IOC suspended Nuzman as an honorary member in 2017 over suspicions against him.

Justice in France put the Brazilian authorities on the track of Nuzman’s alleged malpractice. At a secret meeting in Nigeria in 2009, he is said to have ordered the payment of $2 million to Senegalese Papa Diack, former marketing adviser to the IAAF athletics federation and son of Lamine Diack. At the time, he was president of the international athletics federation IAAF and a member of the IOC college that chose Rio as the Olympic host. Both have since been banned from sport due to corruption and money laundering. Directors from other African countries are also said to have received substantial amounts of money from Brazil. In the 2009 election, IOC members favored Rio de Janeiro over Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago.

‘Brazilian sports pope’ and Rio 2016 Games boss gets 30 years in prison for corruption | Other sports
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