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IOC suspends Brazilian Olympic Committee, president over corruption allegations

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 1:00 PM
Carlos Nuzman, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, center, is escorted by federal police officers after being taken into custody at his home, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Thursday. - AP Photo

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended its Brazilian arm amid an investigation into corruption allegations.

The IOC also announced that head of the Brazil Olympic Committee, Carlos Nuzman, has been suspended as an honorary member and that all payments to the body have been frozen.

However, it says Brazilian athletes have not been affected and will continue to be paid.

Nuzman and director general of the Brazilian Olympic committee Leonardo Gryner were arrested on Thursday as part of a cash-for-votes investigation linked to the country’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games held in August.

The inquiry, known as Operation Unfair Play, is being conducted in conjunction with law enforcement authorities in the United States and France.

Nuzman has denied all wrongdoing.