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Hangovers from Rio 2016 Olympic Games spelling trouble for some including a flag bearer

Hangovers from Rio 2016 Olympic Games spelling trouble for some including a flag bearer

Peruvian Olympic Committee

Peruvian Olympic Committee

Peruvian Olympic Committee (COP) secretary general and Olympic silver medallist Francisco Boza Dibós faces up to five-years in jail on charges of collusion and criminal conspiracy.

The 52-year-old, an Olympic silver medallist at Los Angeles 1984 in trap shooting, carried the Peruvian flag at the Opening Ceremonies of Athens 2004 and Rio 2016,

As well as being a leading official at the COP, he also served as President of the Peruvian Institute of Sports between 2011 and 2014.

Leaked emails allegedly showed a connection to Martin Belaunde, a businessman and former Presidential advisor currently in jail for corruption and embezzlement.

Boza supposedly asked Belaunde to use his influence in Congress to approve funding for the 2013 Bolivarian Games in Trujillo while he was head of the Peruvian Institute of Sports.

This allegedly led to Spanish construction company Antalsis, a client of Belaunde, being awarded the contract to redesign the Elias Aguirre Stadium.

Boza denies all wrongdoing but admitted he made a “mistake” in trusting Belaunde. min

Meanwhile payments owed by Rio 2016 to Authorised Ticket Resellers (ATR), International Federations (IF) and National Olympic Committees (NOC) as well as suppliers, sponsors and members of the public are still yet to be completed, it was disclosed yesterday.

It comes as concerns continue to mount after Rio 2016 has repeatedly missed deadlines agreed to pay many of these groups.

A meeting is supposedly due to be held between representatives of the Organising Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday (January 20) to discuss the next steps.

Money owed to NOCs, sponsors, the public and ATRs relates largely to ticketing refunds that – in the case of the latter – they were contractually obliged to receive by early November.

Under IOC rules, any tickets which Games vendors want to return must be done so through the official Organising Committee portal rather than via a bilateral exchange within another company.

 

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