Carlos Arthur Nuzman

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Carlos Arthur Nuzman

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President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee
In office
5 October 1995 – 11 October 2017
Preceded byAndré Gustavo Richer
Succeeded byPaulo Wanderley Teixeira
President of the South American Sports Organization
Assumed office
Preceded byAntonio Rodríguez
President of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation
In office
Preceded byRoberto Moreira Calçada
Succeeded byAry Graça
President of the Organizing Committee of the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympic Games
In office
LeaderJacques Rogge (2012–13)
Thomas Bach (2013–16)
Preceded bySebastian Coe
Succeeded byYoshirō Mori
Personal details
Born (1942-03-17) 17 March 1942 (age 77)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Patrícia de Brito e Cunha Engelke
(m. 1980; died 1996)

Márcia Peltier
(m. 1998; div. 2016)
OccupationSports official
Volleyball career
Personal information
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight78 kg (172 lb)
National team

Carlos Arthur Nuzman (born 17 March 1942) is a Brazilian lawyer and a former volleyball player, having competed professionally from 1957 to 1972 and represented the national team between 1962 and 1968. Nuzman was part of the first Brazilian male volleyball team at the 1964 Summer Olympics, when the sport debuted at the Olympic Games. He later became an administrator, with the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He was the leader of the Rio de Janeiro bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics and was subsequently appointed head of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016 (Rio 2016).


Nuzman was born in 1942 in Rio de Janeiro. His grandparents were Russian-Jewish immigrants.[1] He was president of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation (CBV) for twenty years (1975–1995), a period where the national teams excelled at international level.[2] Since 1995, Nuzman is the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Pan American Sports Organization (PASO).

Nuzman served as the head of the Rio Olympics Organizing Committee. He was also the leader of the successful Rio bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. He was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2007.[3][4] On 5 September 2017, a new initiative of the Car Wash operation, called, "Unfair Play", took place in Rio de Janeiro; Nuzman stands accused of bribing the International Olympic Committee to elect the city as the home of the 2016 Summer Olympics.[5]

October 2017 Arrest & Investigation[edit]

On 5 October 2017 Carlos Nuzman was arrested amid an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. As an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee, he was held for questioning on September 2017 by Brazilian and French authorities. They say he is a central figure in channeling $2 million to Lamine Diack, a former IOC member from Senegal who helped secure votes when Rio was picked by the IOC in 2009.[6]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
United Kingdom Sebastian Coe
President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games
Succeeded by
Japan Yoshirō Mori
Preceded by
André Gustavo Richer
President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee
Succeeded by
Paulo Wanderley Teixeira


  1. ^ Marcus M. Gilban (16 June 2016). "Top officials put a Jewish stamp on the Rio Olympics". JTA.
  2. ^ "Era Nuzman transforma CBV na entidade mais vitoriosa do esporte olímpico brasileiro" [It was Nuzman who transformed the CBV into the most victorious Brazilian entity in Olympic sport]. UOL Olimpíadas 2012 (in Portuguese). 9 August 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Carlos Nuzman". International Volleyball Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Mr Carlos Arthur Nuzman". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  5. ^ Nogueira, Italo (5 September 2017). "Lava Jato Looks Into Possible Vote-Buying in Decision for Rio to Host 2016 Olympics". Folha de S.Paulo. Translated by Mathewson, Thomas. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Brazilian Olympics chief arrested in Rio". BBC News. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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