Rio 2016 Olympic Chief Arrested in Corruption Investigation

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Carlos Nuzman, the head of Brazil’s Olympics Committee and the man in charge of last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, has been arrested on corruption charges.

Investigators claim Nuzman was a key figure in a bribery scandal which led to Rio being awarded South America’s first Olympics. Sixteen gold bars worth $2 million belonging to him were allegedly found in a bank in Switzerland, among other hidden assets.

Nuzman was arrested on suspicion of corruption, money laundering and participating in a criminal operation after Brazilian prosecutors alleged his estate increased in value by 457% between 2006 and 2016. They claimed not to have been able to locate any evidence of increased income. Leonardo Gryner, former chief operating officer of Rio 2016, was also arrested on the same charges.

Nuzman, a well known figure in Olympic circles, is suspected of acting as a facilitator, organising a $2m payment made by a wealthy Brazilian businessman into the account of Papa Massata Diack just two days before Rio won the right to stage the Games.

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