Rio’s bid to host the 2016 Games beat Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid. The investigation in Brazil began in 2017 after the French newspaper Le Monde found members of the IOC had been bribed three days before the 2009 session in Copenhagen at which Rio was picked to host the Games.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, has been sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for allegedly buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas became public on Thursday, The Guardian reports.

Nuzman, who also headed the Rio 2016 organising committee, was found guilty of corruption, criminal organisation, money laundering and tax evasion. The 79-year-old will not be jailed until all his appeals are heard. He and his lawyer did not comment on the decision.

Bretas also sentenced to jail the former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, the businessman Arthur Soares and Leonardo Gryner, who was the Rio 2016 committee director-general of operations. Investigators say all three and Nuzman coordinated to bribe the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, as well as his son Papa Massata Diack for votes. Papa Massata Diack has previously denied the allegations to the Guardian and accused Cabral of trying to cut a deal.

Lamine Diack was sentenced to four years in jail, with two suspended, in September 2020 by a French court in relation to money laundering and corruption over Russian doping; Papa Massata Diack was sentenced in absentia to five years in prison and fined £1m. Both indicated their intention to appeal.

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