Rio de Janeiro staged a “very clean” campaign for the 2016 Olympics, the chief organiser told AFP Thursday in response to a French investigation into the bid.
Carlos Nuzman, president the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, shrugged off any doubts about the integrity of the Brazilian bid before the International Olympic Committee vote in 2009.
“We did a very clean and organised bid. We had a huge difference among all the candidates during all the rounds and in the end it was 66-32,” Nuzman said in an interview. Seven cities started the contest, Rio beat Madrid in the final vote.
Asked what he knew about the French investigation, Nuzman said: “Nothing. It’s not our problem.” He added that the organising committee has had no contact with French prosecutors.
A French inquiry into corruption allegations against the former head of world athletics has been expanded to examine bidding for the 2016 Olympics won by Rio and for the 2020 Games to be held in Tokyo.
“We are at the verification stage” to establish whether there has been any wrongdoing, said a judicial source, who revealed the inquiry began in December.
The inquiry is part of a wider investigation into Lamine Diack, Senegalese former president of world athletics body the IAAF, and his son Papa Massata Diack.
The International Olympic Committee has insisted there is “no evidence” of any wrongdoing.