IOC ethics commission to take action in “Nuzman case”: “To get this situation clarified and to get justice done”

Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for corruption, an unprecedented event in Olympic history.

The Brazilian and the Olympic flags wave at a ceremony during which Rio de Janeiro state governor Sergio Cabral and Brazilian Olympic Committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman (both unseen) showed the Olympic flag to children and residents of the Complexo do Alemao shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 15, 2012. A former drug traffickers enclave, the Complexo de Alemao shantytown was pacified and occupied by police and military forces in 2010 as part of a plan to improve Rio's overall security ahead of the Fifa WC Brazil 2014 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.            AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA        (Photo credit should read VANDERLEIALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)
The Brazilian and the Olympic flags wave at a ceremony during which Rio de Janeiro state governor Sergio Cabral and Brazilian Olympic Committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman (both unseen) showed the Olympic flag to children and residents of the Complexo do Alemao shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 15, 2012. A former drug traffickers enclave, the Complexo de Alemao shantytown was pacified and occupied by police and military forces in 2010 as part of a plan to improve Rio's overall security ahead of the Fifa WC Brazil 2014 and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/VANDERLEI ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read VANDERLEIALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) received the verdict of the “Nuzman case” in Brazil with the desire to see justice done, and will put the ethics commission to work on the issue.

“It is in the highest interest of the IOC to get this situation clarified and to get justice done. The IOC has cooperated with the Brazilian and the French authorities since the very beginning of the procedures in Brazil against Mister Carlos Nuzman and in France against the former IAAF President Mister Lamine Diack and his son”, a spokesperson for the Olympic body told Around the Rings.

Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in prison for corruption, an unprecedented event in Olympic history.

Judge Marcelo Bretas ruled Thursday that Nuzman was guilty of buying votes to win the Games for Rio in the 2009 election in Copenhagen. Nuzman, 79, will not go to prison pending the resolution of his appeals.

“After his arrest in 2017, the IOC Executive Board had already decided to suspend Mister Nuzman provisionally from all the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his quality as an IOC Honorary Member. Mister Lamine Diack had already been provisionally suspended by the IOC in November 2015, and, within 24 hours, resigned from his position as an Honorary Member”.

The IOC is waiting for the Brazilian courts to decide on its next steps

“Now, the IOC Ethics Commission will study the judgement against Mister Nuzman and will make its recommendations as soon as it receives the full information from the Brazilian authorities”.

Unlike what happened with the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games, axis of a huge corruption scandal that the IOC resolved with a severe internal purge and reform of its structures, the Rio case escalated to the Brazilian justice system and never stopped.

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