Brazilian justice extends arrest of Olympic Committee head Nuzman

Nuzman announces resignation to Brazilian Olympic Committee

Nuzman announces resignation to Brazilian Olympic Committee

Carlos Nuzman has sent his resignation letter as head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee from prison.

Nuzman was arrested on 5 October, Thursday.

Nuzman has been held since last week amid an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring the 2016 Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. After taken into custody he was questioned by authorities and his passport has been seized.

International Olympic Committee has terminated Nuzman's membership and suspended BOC as well. The accused was a part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games coordination committee but IOC removed him from his position on 6 October, Friday.

Carlos Arthur Nuzman, 75, had said last weekend that he was temporarily stepping down.

On Wednesday, his prosecutor Sergio Mazzillo read one official letter at the BOC's general meeting.

Nuzman asked for a leave of absence as head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee on Saturday to work on his defense.

Authorities allege that former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, who is serving a 14-year prison term for bribery and money laundering, masterminded the plot.

Investigators believe $2 million (1.7m euros) in bribes was paid to Papa Massata Diack, the son of Senegalese IOC member and former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, before the 2009 vote, won by Rio.

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