International Olympic Committee suspends Rio 2016 chief Nuzman amid bribery probe

IOC Suspends Brazilian Olympic Committee due to Corruption Scandal

IOC Suspends Brazilian Olympic Committee due to Corruption Scandal

It also suspended the head of Brazil's Olympic committee, Carlos Nuzman, as an honorary member, and has frozen all its payments to the body.

In a statement, the International Olympic Committee said that "to protect the interests of the Brazilian athletes" the decision had no bearing on the country's teams.

According to NBC Sports, the decision does not affect Brazilian athletes, who will be able to participate in worldwide competitions, including the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Nuzman has denied all wrongdoing. Both men face allegations including corruption and money laundering. The officers also arrested the Rio 2016 committee's chief operating officer Leonardo Gryner, according to an AFP photographer.

Nuzman was arrested on Thursday by the federal police in connection with a case on bribing to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

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The move, however, is not expected to have any effect on Brazilian athletes, as they can still compete in the worldwide events, including the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Police have accused Nuzman of stashing 16 gold bars weighing 1kg each in a depositary in Geneva and $155,000 in cash in his Rio de Janeiro home. Businessman Arturo Soares, known as "King Arthur", a top contractor for Cabral's administration, is alleged to have delivered the payment three days before the International Olympic Committee vote in Copenhagen in October 2009.

Rio 2016 was credited with being a sporting and organizational success, but revelations of massive corruption during the preparations and now even in the awarding of the Games have tarnished the legacy.

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