IOC asked to probe court interference in Brazil

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

The ousted presidents of two Brazilian sports federations have filed complaints with the IOC claiming they were removed from their posts after illegal interference from local courts.

The Brazilian ice sports federation and the badminton federation claim the court rulings are a clear violation of the Olympic Charter and say it could eventually lead to a suspension of the Brazilian Olympic Committee ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian committee has denied any wrongdoing and dismissed any threat of suspension, saying the presidents were axed because of third-party lawsuits related to alleged irregularities in their administration. It vehemently said there hasn't been government interference.

The IOC confirmed it received the complaints but said the federations first must address them with the Brazilian committee and their international federations.