Brazilian Olympic Committee President, Carlos Nuzman, was arrested by Brazil’s Federal Police on charges of corruption Thursday, according to state-run news agency Agencia Brasil.
Nuzman was allegedly involved in an operation to buy jurors’ votes during Rio’s bid to host the Olympic Games in 2016.
The investigation, codenamed “Unfair Play,” also targeted the general director of operations for the organising committee of Rio 2016, Leonardo Gryner, who was also arrested, according to Agencia Brasil.
Both men are being indicted for corruption, money laundering, and organised crime.
“The IOC’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer has asked the Brazilian authorities for full information in order to proceed with the IOC’s investigation, and has offered the IOC’s full cooperation,” said the International Olympic Committee in a statement.
“The IOC Ethics Commission’s activities started immediately after the allegations were made, and the investigation is ongoing. Given the new facts, the IOC Ethics Commission may consider provisional measures while respecting Mr Nuzman’s right to be heard.
“The IOC will not comment further on this matter until a recommendation is issued by the IOC Ethics Commission. It also reiterates that the presumption of innocence prevails.”
Brazil was awarded the Games in October 2009 and was the first South American country to host the Olympics.