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Carlos Arthur Nuzman (born March 17, 1942 in Rio de Janeiro) 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. His grandparents were Russian-Jewish immigrants.[1]

Carlos Arthur Nuzman

Olympic Order
Carlos Arthur Nuzman.jpg
President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee
In office
5 October 1995 – 11 October 2017
Preceded by André Gustavo Richer
Succeeded by Paulo Wanderley Teixeira
President of the South American Sports Organization
Assumed office
Preceded by Antonio Rodríguez
President of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation
In office
Preceded by Roberto Moreira Calçada
Succeeded by Ary Graça Filho
President of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio 2016
In office
Leader Jacques Rogge (2012–13)
Thomas Bach (2013–16)
Preceded by Sebastian Coe
Succeeded by Yoshirō Mori
Personal details
Born (1942-03-17) 17 March 1942 (age 75)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Spouse(s) Patrícia de Brito e Cunha Engelke (m. 1980; d. 1996)
Márcia Peltier (m. 1998; div. 2016)
Occupation Sports official
Profession Lawyer
Carlos Arthur Nuzman
Carlos Arthur Nuzman.jpg
Personal information
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)



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 de Janeiro Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games. He was also the leader of the successful Rio de Janeiro bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. He was inducted into the United States Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2007.[3] On the 5th of 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 Olympic Games.

October 2017 Arrest & InvestigationEdit

On October 5th, 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.[4]

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


  1. ^ Marcus M. Gilban (Jun 16, 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 - Notícias - UOL Olimpíadas 2012". UOL Olimpíadas 2012 (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  3. ^ International Olympic Committee [1], "Official website of the Olympic Movement"
  4. ^ "Brazilian Olympics chief arrested in Rio". BBC News. 2017-10-05. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 

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