Brazil Olympic Committee president Julio Nascimento Coutinho jailed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Julio Nascimento Coutinho was president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) from 1999 to 2009

Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) President Julio Nascimento Coutinho has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for corruption.

His resignation was announced on Sunday, days after he was arrested.

He had been accused of taking millions of dollars from firms to land work at the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.

He has denied the allegations.

“I refute the charges against me, I will fight them,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

The COB had already requested its funding be reallocated “out of respect for the credit of the organisation itself and for its athletes”, the state prosecutor had said.

Coutinho, a former Sao Paulo governor, was arrested on Thursday alongside a former Olympic Council of Europe (OCE) president and a business leader.

The same day, Brazil’s Transparency Institute announced that it had filed a corruption complaint against the three men, along with 11 other people, including a former Brazilian presidential candidate and two government officials.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nascimento and a former Brazilian Olympic official were arrested by police on Thursday

Brazil’s 12 members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) met on Sunday and passed a resolution describing “all the necessary measures” to protect the reputation of the Olympic movement.

It was put forward after learning “of the opening of investigations in Brazil into certain individuals”, an IOC spokesman told the BBC.

A full IOC meeting on Monday will determine its response.

IOC President Thomas Bach on Thursday paid tribute to the courage of the people charged in the case, but noted they had broken the organisation’s code of ethics, as well as laws governing national Olympic committees and federations.

“I would like to say to our friends in the COB, in the government of Brazil, those arrested, that we are there to protect the Olympic movement, to clean up the Olympic movement and restore its integrity in terms of ethics,” he told reporters.

“We are there to take action.”

The Olympics start on 7 August in Rio de Janeiro.

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