Olympic-size corruption: Sixteen bars of gold

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Olympic-size corruption: Sixteen bars of gold

Remem­ber last year’s Rio Olympics?

They started with a lame Marx­ist open­ing cer­e­mony (com­plete with video that included the flood­ing of South Florida and other areas), had mishaps involv­ing under­wa­ter sofas trip­ping kayaks, accu­sa­tions against Ryan Lochte, plus Zika and secu­rity wor­ries, but evolved rel­a­tively well.

The coun­try could hardly afford the games, but, as Frances Mar­tel put it,

The IOC chose Brazil at a time in which the nation had swung rad­i­cally left, and com­ments by IOC offi­cials at the time indi­cate that they were more inter­ested in reward­ing Brazil for mak­ing Lula their head of state than reward­ing the nation with the best bid to host the Olympic Games.

More than just a sym­bolic reward was involved: Car­los Nuz­man (empha­sis added), The man in charge of last year’s Rio Olympics was arrested yes­ter­day as it was alleged 16 gold bars worth $2m (£1.53m) that were stored in a bank in Switzer­land were among his hid­den assets.

Six­teen bars of gold; had Nuz­man been lis­ten­ing to William Devane’s ads?

But I digress.

The Guardian reports that Nuz­man allegedly served as Olympic bag man,

Nuz­man, a well known fig­ure in Olympic cir­cles, is sus­pected of act­ing as a facil­i­ta­tor, organ­is­ing a $2m pay­ment made by a wealthy Brazil­ian busi­ness­man into the account of Papa Mas­sata Diack just two days before Rio won the right to stage the Games.

Mas­sata Diack – who recently lost an appeal against a life ban from ath­let­ics over cor­rup­tion alle­ga­tions – is the son of the dis­graced for­mer IOC mem­ber Lamine Diack, who it is believed voted for Rio to host the Sum­mer Games at an IOC ses­sion in Copen­hagen in 2009 in exchange for the money.

As it turns out, it’s not just Brazil­ian pros­e­cu­tors look­ing into the case,

They are coor­di­nat­ing efforts with French author­i­ties inves­ti­gat­ing cor­rup­tion sur­round­ing the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bids.

Small won­der that peo­ple want to end the Olympics.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

Remember last year’s Rio Olympics?

They started with a lame Marxist opening ceremony (complete with video that included the flooding of South Florida and other areas), had mishaps involving underwater sofas tripping kayaks, accusations against Ryan Lochte, plus Zika and security worries, but evolved relatively well.

The country could hardly afford the games, but, as Frances Martel put it,

The IOC chose Brazil at a time in which the nation had swung radically left, and comments by IOC officials at the time indicate that they were more interested in rewarding Brazil for making Lula their head of state than rewarding the nation with the best bid to host the Olympic Games.

More than just a symbolic reward was involved: Carlos Nuzman (emphasis added), The man in charge of last year’s Rio Olympics was arrested yesterday as it was alleged 16 gold bars worth $2m (£1.53m) that were stored in a bank in Switzerland were among his hidden assets.

Sixteen bars of gold; had Nuzman been listening to William Devane’s ads?

But I digress.

The Guardian reports that Nuzman allegedly served as Olympic bag man,

Nuzman, a well known figure in Olympic circles, is suspected of acting as a facilitator, organising a $2m payment made by a wealthy Brazilian businessman into the account of Papa Massata Diack just two days before Rio won the right to stage the Games.

Massata Diack – who recently lost an appeal against a life ban from athletics over corruption allegations – is the son of the disgraced former IOC member Lamine Diack, who it is believed voted for Rio to host the Summer Games at an IOC session in Copenhagen in 2009 in exchange for the money.

As it turns out,  it’s not just Brazilian prosecutors looking into the case,

They are coordinating efforts with French authorities investigating corruption surrounding the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bids.

Small wonder that people want to end the Olympics.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog