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Misappropriation of public funds alleged in removal of top brass in Brazil’s swimming

Image result for Misappropriation of public funds alleged in removal of top brass in Brazil's swimmingSome cricket news first – West Indies captain Jason Holder has gotten the first three Pakistan wickets to fall in their second innings as the Pakistanis move to erase the 56-run first-innings deficit they accrued when West Indies replied with 337 all out to their 281.

Batting in the current last session of play on what is the third day of the series-closing third Test, Pakistan were in trouble at 48 for 3 in 21-overs batting, still eight runs in arrears.

West Indies would do well to win the Test having lost all three T20s and all three one-dayers plus the first two Tests to the Pakistanis.

To the main story now,

While allegations of impropriety have swirled about the now dismantled Lifesport Trinidad and Tobago programme with a casualty being the then Minister of Sport Anil Roberts who resigned his portfolio in the aftermath of startling programme revelations, Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry is appearing to be pulling no punches about alleged improper dealings in aquatic sports in the country.

Out of Brazil comes news that International Swimming Federation (FINA) Bureau member Coaracy Nunes has been removed as President of the Brazilian Aquatic Sports Confederation (CBDA) as part of an investigation into corruption and fraud.

The 78-year-old, head of the national governing body since 1988, is one of four officials removed from office by Brazil’s Federal Public Ministry.

They claim to have discovered “strong evidence” of overbilling, misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement.

Allegations include that funds designated to buy equipment for the Brazilian Olympic team have been misused,

An increase in funds allocated for airline tickets is also being investigated, while police believe that one of the companies that they have done business with, Natação Comércio de Artigos Esportivos Ltd, is actually a front company used to illegally divert public money.

The organisation’s vice-president Luiz Soares has also been ordered to be removed from office by the Federal Court of São  Paulo following the Public Ministerial request, Globo has reported.

Three other officials, Sergio Alvarenga, Ricardo Moura and Ricardo Gomes Cabral, have also been sanctioned.

Nunes has denied all allegations, claiming the charges are being instigated by opponents hoping to oppose him in fresh elections scheduled for next year.

A lawyer for the CBDA also claims to be “outraged” by the decision-making process, Globo reported, claiming the defendants were not provided with enough information.

“We are told by the press, preventing the right of defense,” they reportedly said.

They plan to appeal.

Open water swimmer Poliana Okimoto’s bronze medal was the only Brazilian podium finish in an aquatics event during an otherwise disappointing Olympic Games in Rio.

Nunes is a longstanding member of the ruling FINA panel and also served as Swimming Union of the Americas President between 2011 and 2015.

 

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