Former Rio 2016 and Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman has been sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for money laundering, corruption and other crimes connected to buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics.
The ruling was announced by Judge Marcelo Bretas from the 7th Criminal Court in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
Nuzman was first arrested in October 2017 along with his right-hand man, former Rio 2016 director of operations Leonardo Gryner, accused of arranging more than $2 million in bribes to get the IOC to pick Rio de Janeiro as host of the 2016 Olympics.
Rio beat out Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid in the 2009 vote, to become the first city in South America to stage Olympic Games.
Gryner, former Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral and businessman Arthur César de Menezes Soares Filho were also convicted for collaborating to bribe IOC officials. Gryner was sentenced to 13 years and 10 months in jail for corruption and criminal organization.
Cabral told the judge that he, Nuzman, Soares and Gryner coordinated “to buy the votes” of the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, and his son, Papa Diack, and others.
The International Olympic Committee, which suspended Nuzman as an honorary member after his arrest in 2017, said its ethics commission would study the Brazilian judgment.
“It is in the highest interest of the IOC to get this situation clarified and to get justice done,” it said. It said it had cooperated with authorities throughout the Nuzman case in Brazil and a separate judicial case in France involving the Diacks.”