Prosecutors Allege Bribes Helped Buy Votes for 2016 Rio Games

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — International authorities allege bribery helped award the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro.

On Sept. 5, Brazilian prosecutors said police had raided the home of Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee.

They claim Nuzman worked with the former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, to facilitate a $2 million bribe to buy votes for Brazil’s Olympic bid. The ongoing investigation’s been dubbed “Operation Unfair Play.”

Cabral is already jailed over a separate corruption scandal. Meanwhile, the money was allegedly used to buy the vote and influence of ex-international athletics boss Lamine Diack. He too is at the center of a separate corruption scandal in France.

The Rio prosecutor said the Olympics were used as a “trampoline for corruption.”

Authorities in Brazil, France, the Caribbean, the U.S. and the U.K. are collaborating on “Operation Unfair Play.”