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Brazil Olympic committee chief resigns amid bribe scandal
October 11, 2017 / 9:14 PM / 11 days ago

Brazil Olympic committee chief resigns amid bribe scandal

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - The head of Brazil’s Olympics committee announced his resignation on Wednesday following his arrest last week for arranging alleged bribes to win Rio de Janeiro’s selection as host of the 2016 Summer Games.

Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) President Carlos Arthur Nuzman leaves the Federal Police headquarters heading to jail, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, 75, had said last weekend that he was temporarily stepping down. But in a letter to the committee Wednesday he said he needed to devote himself to his legal defence and would not be returning.

In the letter, seen by Reuters, he denied any wrongdoing.

Brazilian federal prosecutors have said Nuzman paid roughly $2.5 million in bribes to gain support for Rio de Janeiro’s candidacy to host the Games. The city was named as host in 2009.

Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Editing by Tom Brown

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