Criminal investigation opened against the president of the Venezuelan Olympic Committee

The president of the Venezuelan Olympic Committee (VOC), Eduardo Álvarez, can be investigated for “irregularities” throughout his administration, the Prosecutor’s Office introduced on Wednesday, within the midst of a battle over the elections of the sports activities group’s board.

The Public Ministry reported on Twitter {that a} prosecutor was appointed to “investigate irregularities committed by Eduardo Álvarez as president of the VOC in the organization of the Copa América in 2007”, held in Venezuela, and the “preparation of athletes” for the Olympic Games in Beijing-2008.

This, he specified, earlier than “denunciations of deputies” of the Parliament.

The Prosecutor’s Office disclosed a doc wherein it requests “prohibition from leaving the country” in opposition to the chief, for the alleged crimes of “embezzlement”, “evasion of the bidding procedure” and “misappropriation” of funds.

The investigation comes amid battle over the popularity of delegates from the federations of various sports activities for the elections of the COV board of administrators within the interval 2022-2026, wherein Álvarez aspires to re-election as president, a place he has held since 2006. Several federations have conflicting parallel directives.

Pedro Infante, a deputy for the governing United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and vice chairman of the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF), accuses Álvarez of organising “a trap” to win his re-election.

Infante, prior to now, was Minister of Sports and president of the state National Sports Institute (IND).

On Monday, at a COV meeting, there was a shouting match between Álvarez and Infante, in line with movies to which AFP had entry.

“I’m going to tell you: this week I’ll file the corruption file!” Infante is heard saying in these movies. “Consígnalo, consígnalo!”, Álvarez replied.

On August 5, 2020, Jesús Berardinelli, who was then president of the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF), died of respiratory issues on the age of 61, 16 days after being arrested on corruption fees amid an analogous battle. to which the COV lives and wherein Infante was additionally concerned.

FIFA needed to appoint an intervening board within the FVF with the aim of organizing elections.

On May 28, 2021, businessman Jorge Giménez was elected as the brand new president of the FVF, with Infante as vice chairman.


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