Brazil Olympic chief brokered $2 million bribe to buy Rio Games

Pat Hickey is hoping to appear by video link in front of a Rio court

Brazilian police have questioned the head of Rio 2016's organising committee, Carlos Nuzman, as part of an global investigation into a suspected Olympic vote-buying scheme.

According to the Brazilian newspaper O'Globo, Nuzman is suspected of brokering the votes of African members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the choice of Rio as host country for the Olympics.

The Brazilian Federal Police released a statement saying, "Without [Nuzman's] presence and the negotiation he established, the ingenious and corrupt complex relationship could not have achieved the success it did".

The probe is to collect testimonies and evidence that the suspects paid the then president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lamine Diack, 2 million United States dollars to elect Rio as host city of the summer games.

News portal G1 reported that police were also outside the Olympic headquarters in Rio.

On Tuesday, the French Financial Prosecutor's' Office said that they had "uncovered the existence of a system of large-scale corruption organized around Papa Massata Diack", noting there was evidence that International Olympic Committee votes were "negotiated against payment to obtain city hosting rights for the biggest global sports competitions".

Nuzman's lawyer, Sergio Mazzillo, said his client was innocent. 'Unfortunately, this has created a media spectacle'.

Rio was announced as the winning city in 2009 at a ceremony in Copenhagen, beating out Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid.

Prosecutors suspect the same arrangement also took place in works for the 2014 World Cup, which Brazil hosted.

"It is in the highest interests of the International Olympic Committee to get clarification on this matter".

Jules Boykoff, a professor of political science at Pacific University and author of the 2016 book "Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics", said a lack of oversight of the International Olympic Committee made it more hard to root out corruption surrounding the games.

"Papa Massata Diack, the then IAAF marketing adviser never held any position within the IOC and his father lost his IOC honorary membership following actions by the IOC in November 2015".

"In this context and putting all the elements together, we can come to the conclusion that Sergio Cabral and his criminal organization, including Arthur Soares, effectively bought the vote for Rio de Janeiro to host the Olympic Games", she said.



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