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Fresh claims that Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid teams bought votes | Sport


On the day that the International Olympic Committee had hoped all eyes would be on Lima and the awarding of the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games, it risked further embarrassment as fresh claims emerged surrounding the alleged buying of votes by bid teams for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Further scrutiny is set to be applied to those decisions after investigations suggested a central figure in the corruption scandal bought expensive watches and jewellery just days after both votes, with the revelations overshadowing Wednesday’s 2024 and 2028 award ceremony.

The Guardian has seen documents which allege that Papa Massata Diack, the son of the disgraced former IOC member Lamine Diack, spent hundreds of thousands of euro in French jewellery shops around the time of the Rio and Tokyo campaigns.

The Brazilian federal prosecutors office, which compiled the documents based on French prosecutors’ investigations, drew the conclusion that payments could have been made to…

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