The International Olympic Committee suspended Brazil’s Olympic Committee and its head over alleged corruption as the investigation over vote-buying for the Rio 2016 Games continues.
"It had to be done,“ IOC member Richard Peterkin from St Lucia, said on Facebook. "There was just too much evidence, some of it self-incriminating."
"The reputational damage for the Olympic Movement is huge, and there will be more revelations to come. We need to drain the swamp,” he said.
Carlos Nuzman was arrested Friday in Rio de Janeiro on allegations of buying votes inside the IOC, as he faces charges that include corruption and money-laundering. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Nuzman is accused of arranging more than US$2 million in bribes in order to ensure Rio de Janeiro was elected host of the 2016 Olympic Games. The city was awarded the summer games in 2009, beating Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo.
The IOC said Brazilian athletes would not be affected and those who qualified for next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang would be able to participate.
The committee said Nuzman would provisionally lose all the “the rights, prerogatives and functions” as a former IOC member and now an honorary member of the international organization.
The statement said he would be withdrawn from the coordinating committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Brazilian National Olympic Committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss its suspension.