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Former Brazilian governor paid $2 million bribe to host 2016 Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO – Sergio Cabal, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro gave his testimony on Thursday that he paid $2 million to buy votes to ensure his city would be chosen to host the 2016 Olympic Games.

Sergio told the judge the money went to Lamine Diack, the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and was used to buy as many as nine votes.

The head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the main organizer of the bid, Arthur Nuzman, introduced a representative of Rio 2016 to Diack and asked him to make the payments ahead of the 2009 vote that saw Rio win out over Madrid, Chicago and Tokyo.

Prosecutors are charging Nuzman in October 2017 with paying the $2 million in bribes to secure Rio as the 2016 Olympics host city. That trial is ongoing.

Both Nuzman and Diack maintain that that they are innocent. Diack was also indicted in a French court on charges he and his son Papa Massata were involved in a series of illicit practices over a number of years, including bribe-taking and money-laundering, with the active involvement of international athletes and their federations.

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