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The ex-governor of Rio de Janeiro confessed in giving a bribe to the Olympic champion Alexander Popov. Popov denies this

A Russian swimmer allegedly voted to host the 2016 Games in Rio.

The ex-governor of Brazilian Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, said that he gave bribes when voting for the city as the capital of the 2016 Olympic Games. Speaking in Brazilian federal court, he said that he spent two million dollars for these purposes, GameBids reports .

According to Cabral, nine people received bribes. Among them are the Olympic champion in swimming from Russia, Alexander Popov, and the winner of the 1988 Olympic Games, the pole vaulter Sergey Bubka. Part of the money, says Cabral, he gave to the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Laminu Diak, whom he was introduced to by the head of the National Olympic Committee of Brazil, Carlos Arthur Nuzman, and who was able to provide “five or six votes.”

Alexander Popov, who was a member of the commission for organizing the Olympic Games in 2016, denies the charges. According to him, he did not give a vote for the Brazilian city, reports Komersant.

I participated in the voting, but I did not cast my vote for the city of Rio de Janeiro. I still do not understand what to do, I am in a confused state and do not understand what kind of nonsense is happening in Rio de Janeiro.

Alexander Popov

honorary member of the International Olympic Committee

Rio de Janeiro became the capital of the 2016 Summer Olympics following the IOC session in Copenhagen in 2009. Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago competed with the city. The Brazilian city won in the third round, receiving 66 votes against 32 from the Spanish rival.

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