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Rio 2016 rejects claims of corruption in Olympic bid process

Rio 2016 rejects claims of corruption in Olympic bid process

By: SportBusiness International team

Posted:
3 Mar 2017
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Rio 2016 has maintained it ran a clean bid for the 2016 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games amid a report today (Friday) that corrupt payments could have influenced the decision to award the event to the Brazilian city in October 2009.

French newspaper Le Monde said French prosecutors now have “concrete pieces of information” seriously questioning the bidding process for the 2016 Games. It added that, three days before the election of the host city, a company linked to Brazilian businessman Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho paid $1.5m (€1.4m) to the son of Lamine Diack, then president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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