THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended the honorary membership of Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman following his arrest in Brazil on bribery and fraud charges.
Nuzman has also been withdrawn from the IOC co-ordination commission which is overseeing Tokyo’s preparations for the 2020 Games.
And as Nuzman is the president of the Brazilian Olympic committee too, that body has also been suspended, meaning any payments from the IOC are frozen and it cannot vote on Olympic-related matters.
Brazilian athletes, however, are not affected and the country will still be able to send a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The IOC’s ethics commission has been investigating Nuzman ever since his house was among several raided by the Brazilian authorities last month.
Those raids followed a tip-off from French prosecutors who have been investigating former world athletics boss Lamine Diack and his associates for the last two years — an inquiry that has already unearthed evidence of widespread corruption in global sport.