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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been accused of “doing nothing” about its growing corruption crisis, by senior official Dick Pound.

Several IOC officials have been implicated in corruption in 2017.

In the latest case, police last week raided the home of Carlos Nuzman, head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, as they investigate “strong evidence” of vote-buying to secure Rio’s 2016 bid.

“We’ve taken a severe hit in terms of credibility,” said Pound.

“Every time another IOC member is implicated in something potentially nefarious we lose more credibility.”

On Monday, IOC President Thomas Bach said the organisation would act on corruption allegations “once evidence is there”.

But Canadian Pound, speaking at an IOC executive board meeting in Lima, Peru, said: “What are we doing taking all these hits and doing nothing about it? We’ve got to recognise that we haven’t done enough.

“If your conduct has put the IOC into disrepute, you should be liable to at least vigorous investigation and potentially sanctioned for it.

“That has not happened.”

Lawyers for the IOC’s ethics commission have contacted Brazilian authorities hoping to obtain further details about Nuzman’s case, after he was questioned and had his passport seized.

The 72-year-old is accused of acting as an intermediary in a cash-for-votes scheme to ensure the support of influential IOC member Lamine Diack, who was also serving as president of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) at the time.

That case has also implicated Frankie Fredericks, the Namibian four-time Olympic silver medallist and IAAF member who has been suspended from athletics while he is investigated.

Meanwhile, in April, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a high-ranking FIFA official and head of the Olympic Council of Asia, resigned a day after denying claims linking him to a fraud case, reports the BBC.

The Kuwaiti had been linked in media reports to Richard Lai, the FIFA audit and compliance committee member who was banned after admitting taking $950,000 (£715,250) in bribes.

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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 team plane catches fire in mid air after ‘bird flies into engine’

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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2018 team plane catches fire in mid air after ‘bird flies into engine’

Saudi Arabia’s official team plane caught fire in mid air as they travelled to their World Cup match on Wednesday.

The Green Falcons, who fell to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of hosts Russia on the opening day of the World Cup, were on their way to Rostov in preparation for their second Group A match when the incident happened.

Flames were seen from the engine as the Russian Airlines Airbus as they flew in to take on Uruguay on Wednesday.

An official statement read from the football association read: “The Saudi Football Federation wishes to reassure everyone about the safety of all members of the mission of the national team after a minor technical malfunction in an engine.

“The plane landed a few minutes ago at Rostov on Don Airport, and UNOMIG personnel are now safely heading to their residence.”

Videos uploaded to twitter show fire shooting from the engines underneath the wings.

The plane was a Rossiya Russian Airlines Airbus A319-100 and no one was hurt in what must have been a terrifying incident.

A statement from Rossiya claimed that the preliminary cause of malfunction was a bird flying into the engine – but both were working on landing at Rostov-on-Don.

“As flight FV1007 from St Petersburg to Rostov-on-Don began to land, the (Airbus) A319 plane suffered a technical fault with one of its engines, with a bird getting caught seen as the preliminary cause,” a Rossiya airlines spokesman said.

“Nothing threatened the safety of the passengers. The aircraft’s landing took place in a routine fashion. No warning was sounded during the landing at Rostov-on-Don airport,” the spokesman said.

The players were then filmed calmly leaving the stricken jet, which is 12 years old, before travelling to their hotel in the south of the country after leaving Moscow.

The aircraft was initially purchased as new by American airline Frontier Airlines, before being bought by Russian-based Donavia in July 2013.

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Ezenwa: We can still progress

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Despite defeat to Croatia in which many fan described the Super Eagles performance as far below par, Enyimba International FC goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as come out to state that the team is still very focus on making it out of Group D.

 

“We remain focus as a team so as not to allow the defeat against Croatia weighs us down because we got two winnable matches ahead,” he said.

 

The former IfeanyiUbah goaltender went on to describe the experience as a big lesson for the team even as he went on to encourage Uzoho [a player he calls his younger brother] to not allow the result affect him as his performance was very good despite conceding two.

 

“It’s a big lesson for us. We have taken the positives from the game and moved on. The focus now is on our next game against Iceland.

 

“Uzoho did very well despite losing 2 – 0 on the night. He should remain focused and not allow the defeat weigh him down.

“I have been encouraging him (Uzoho) because I see him as a younger brother as he did his best but the two goals he conceded were not chances anyone would say he should have saved.”

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Iceland show support for Ikeme

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Super Eagles next World Cup Group D foes Iceland have backed Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme to beat the acute leukemia he was diagnosed with last year.

Iceland face the Eagles in Volgograd on Friday in continuation of the World Cup in Russia.

Iceland forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, a former teammate of Ikeme at Wolverhampton Wanderers, has posted on Twitter a picture holding a shirt with Ikeme’s name and No.1 on it with his teammates surrounding him.

Ikeme, who would have been the Super Eagles first choice in Russia, was diagnosed with acute leukemia during a pre-season routine medical check-up at his club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He is now undergoing treatment in England

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