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Corruption scandal surrounding the 2024 Olympics: the police raided the organizing committee of the Games

Date: June 17, 2024 Time: 04:38:04

Corruption scandal surrounding the 2024 Olympics: the police raided the organizing committee of the Games

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The Financial Prosecutor’s Office looks for traces of criminal plots valued at millions of euros. And the organizers themselves accuse Russia out of habit.

Searches in the Organizing Committee of the Games!

400 days before the lighting of the Olympic flame at the Stade de France stadium in Paris, the police raided the organizing committee of the 2024 Games. It seems that we are waiting for another fascinating series on the subject of corruption and conflict of interest in preparation for the Olympic Games. And at stake: millions of euros!

The French press is agitated by the events of the last few days. The National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) confirms the information about the raids in the organizing committee of the Olympic Games (COJOP) and Solideo. The frauds are associated with the construction of facilities for the 2024 Summer Games.

The suspicions are related to conflicts of interest, embezzlement of public funds and “favouritism”. In general, it speaks of serious violations. At the same time, both the organizing committee and the contracting company surprisingly agreed on their comments about the raids carried out. Both organizations acknowledged the fact of such unexpected interaction with law enforcement agencies and expressed their willingness to “fully cooperate with the investigation.”

the first swallows

So, the secret became clear. It was not possible to hide details from the French media. L’Equipe reports that the searches were carried out during pre-investigation activities that began in 2017 and 2022.

Le Monde adds that in 2017 an investigation was opened for embezzlement of public funds, lack of transparency of the competition when entering into contracts. The case involves COJOP and GIP 2024 (candidature committee). They were attended by employees of the Central Directorate for the Fight against Corruption, Financial Crimes and Prosecutors of the French police.

The first swallows flew in 2021. The country’s anti-corruption agency (AFA) reported potential problems then, publishing two reports. Both dedicated themselves to the preparation of the Olympics and to the work of the organizing committee and Solideo. The agency’s experts drew attention to the reporting of infringements and bizarre business procedures that led to the emergence of “uncontrolled potential conflicts of interest.”

They say that the French will not have time to prepare for the Olympics:

The organizers of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris are in big trouble. Games under threat?

In 2022, AFA discovered possible violations in the public procurement process concluded by COJOP and Solideo.

Another French edition of Le Figaro writes on its pages that there are several reasons for starting the case. One of them is the claims of 10 workers against contractors and subcontractors. It is clarified that they were not paid salaries. Curiously, the builders did not have the right to official work in France. But as soon as the necessary documents were drawn up, they raised their heads.

Even here Russia was remembered …

And, of course, all the bad that happens in the world, the West associates with Russia. It would seem, well, what does our country have to do with this? However, the organizers of last year’s Games cited a special military operation in Ukraine as one of the reasons why the estimated budget for the Olympic Games has increased (from €3.98 billion to €4.38 billion). The main factor is rising energy prices. At the same time, the head of the organizing committee of the Games, Tony Estangue, described the budget as “balanced”.

Meanwhile, the Reuters news agency calls out its version of the real budget: it is 8.8 billion euros, which is double the declared figures.

The searches in the organizing committee of the Paris Games were carried out in the context of the start of the work of the executive committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). There, according to TASS, they said that they were aware of the events and were following the development of the situation.

Has this happened before?

Corruption in the preparation for the Olympic Games has already become commonplace, and the events of the last few days in Paris are not new to the world community.

You don’t have to look far to find examples. The corruption case at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is still ongoing. Recently, Japanese courts have issued several sentences. Last year, a high-ranking member of the organizing committee, Haruyuki Takahashi, who ran a corruption scheme, was arrested. It’s simple: you give a bribe, and in return you get the status of a partner, preventing fair competition. Also among the names that appear are prominent specialists from companies that have signed contracts with the organizers. Of course, the case entails reputational losses. And especially for Japan. It was previously known about the plans of the Land of the Rising Sun to compete for the White Olympics in 2030. Now this is in question.

Two Japanese businessmen received terms for corruption:

Defendants in Tokyo Games corruption case receive suspended sentences

The Rio de Janeiro Summer Games in 2016 were also marked by a negative background. Former president of the National Olympic Committee of Brazil, Carlos Artur Nuzman, sentenced to 30 years in prison! So that? Yes, all for the same! The sports official was found guilty of corruption, tax evasion and money laundering.

Sergio Cabral, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro, also went to jail. In court, he admitted that nine IOC members received bribes in exchange for votes to choose the host country for the games. The total amount is estimated at 2.5 million dollars.

At the Olympic Games in Brazil, then not only the budget was stolen, but also the people:

About a thief. The most famous people who were robbed at the Olympic Games

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