IOC admit votes may have been bought by Diack in Olympic Games bidding process

In a statement following the first morning IOC Executive Board here, they said they had taken “immediate action” regarding possible corruption in the election process.

Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman was taken into custody last Tuesday (September 5) under suspicion of involvement in a vote-buying scheme in the Brazilian city’s successful bid for the event.

The Brazilian has not been charged with anything but is suspected by prosecutors of being the main link between Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho, a businessman nicknamed “King Arthur”, and Diack, the Senegalese who was President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) between 1999 and 2015.

“The IOC Executive Board reaffirmed today that it goes without saying that infringements from the past will also be addressed,” the statement read.

“With regard to the investigation around the former IAAF President, Lamine Diack, and his son, Papa Massata Diack, the French prosecutor has stated that there are indications that payments have been made in return for votes over the designation of host cities for the biggest global sporting events.”

Read Inside the Games

In other news, Diack calls this ‘the biggest lie in the history of world sport’:

“This accusation is the biggest lie in the history of world sport,” Diack said in Senegal on Friday. He blamed the accusations on a smear campaign to tarnish his father’s reputation.

“Sometimes I accompanied my father to assist in his personal work but to say I organised votes … my job was to help the IAAF identify countries to organise sporting events,” he said.

Read The Guardian


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