The International Olympic committee has for the first time publicly admitted that votes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games may have been bought by former IAAF President Lamine Diack .
In a statement following the first morning of the IOC executive board meeting in Lima, Peru the IOC said they had taken “immediate action” regarding possible corruption in the election process.
Rio 2016 president Carlos Nuzman was taken into custody last Tuesday under suspicion of involvement in a vote-buying scheme in the Brazilian city’s successful bid for the event
Diack who was stripped of his honorary IOC membership in November 2015, was a voting member of the IOC when Rio 2016 secured the hosting rights at the IOC session in Copenhagen in 2009.
French prosecutors have taken Lamine Diack’s passport off him and he is currently unable to leave the country.
They also want to question his son Papa Massata Diack but he is refusing to leave Senegal. He has been banned for life by the IAAF.
Meanwhile Namibia’s former sprinter Frankie Fredericks, now an IOC member, is currently attempting to clear himself of allegations that he received financial incentives to vote for Rio 2016.
Documents provided by American tax authorities showed that Papa Massata, transferred $300,000 to a Seychelles-based offshore company called Yemli limited in 2009, through Pamodzi consulting.
Yemli limited is linked to Frederick’s, who consequently resigned as chairman of the IOC evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.