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Ex-Rio gov admits buying IOC votes

The Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A jailed former governor of Rio de Janeiro State has told a judge he paid about $2 million for the votes of International Olympic Committee members to award the Brazilian city the 2016 Summer Games.

Sergio Cabral said Thursday that he paid the bribes through intermediaries to the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, in exchange for up to six votes in the meeting that awarded Rio the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Cabral said former Brazilian Olympic Committee chairman Carlos Arthur Nuzman handled the negotiations.

Nuzman’s attorney Joao Francisco Neto told reporters the accusation is “a version faded to disappear” because the former governor has no evidence.

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