IOC suspends Brazil's Nuzman after arrest in vote-buying scandal

Carlos Arthur Nuzman was arrested for allegedly arranging more than $2 million in bribes to get the IOC to pick Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 games.

Brazil's Olympic Committee chief Carlos Nuzman is escorted from his home by federal police in Rio de Janeiro on 5 October 2017. Picture AFP.

ZURICH - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday suspended Brazil’s national Olympics committee head after his arrest for allegedly arranging more than $2 million in bribes to get the IOC to pick Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 games.

In addition to Carlos Arthur Nuzman’s provisional suspension, the Swiss-based IOC also suspended the Brazilian Olympic Committee and froze all IOC payments to the body.

The IOC said Brazil’s athletes would not be affected, allowing them to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.