International Olympic Committee suspends Nuzman over graft probe

Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman arrives to Federal Police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro October 5

IOC Suspends Brazil Olympic Committee Chief

The Brazilian police on Thursday arrested the head of the national Olympics committee, who is accused of arranging more than $2 million in bribes to get the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to pick Rio de Janeiro as host of the 2016 games.

The BOC responded by calling a general assembly on Wednesday to "consider the decisions announced by the International Olympic Committee".

Rio beat bids from Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2016 Games.

Nuzman is believed to be a central figure in channeling at least $2 million of a Brazilian businessman's money to Lamine Diack, a former International Olympic Committee member from Senegal who helped control African votes.

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Nuzman denied any wrongdoing and said his leave of absence will last the time necessary to prove his innocence.

"While Olympic athletes fought for the dream of winning a gold medal, managers tucked away gold in Switzerland", Schneider said. Twenty police officers deployed early Thursday in Rio de Janeiro on orders from a federal judge, arresting Nuzman and seizing documents.

In addition, the director general of operations of the Rio 2016 Committee, Leonardo Gryner, was arrested, and both officials will be indicted for alleged crimes of corruption, money laundering and criminal association.

The office of Switzerland's attorney general said Friday it is "currently analyzing" a request from Brazil for legal assistance.

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"Therefore, the IOC will accept a Brazilian Olympic Team in the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018", it said in a statement.

The decision to suspend the Brazilian governing body and its president came after an emergency meeting by its executive board.

The IOC, which is conducting its own internal probe, said in a statement it would cooperate in the Brazilian investigation following news of Nuzman's arrest.

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