Sports driver gets 30 years in jail for ‘buy’ votes for Rio 2016

The former head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, has been sentenced to a prison sentence of more than 30 years for corruption. According to a Brazilian judge, he played a leading role in buying votes to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.

According to the court, a total of more than 2 million euros in bribes was paid to collect additional votes from IOC members. The setup succeeded: Rio was indeed assigned the 2016 Games and Nuzman led the organizing committee.

The 79-year-old former sports director has also been found guilty of participating in a criminal organization, money laundering and tax evasion. By the way, he doesnt have to go to jail as long as he can challenge the conviction.

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Three others have also been convicted. It concerns the former governor of Rio, Sergio Cabral, businessman Arthur Soares and Leonardo Gryner, who also had a leading role in the organization of Rio 2016.

The corruption investigation began in 2017, after the French newspaper Le Monde discovered that IOC members had been bribed in the days before the crucial vote for the 2016 Games.