Influential Brazilian magazine Veja accused the minister of sports, Orlando Silva, of being involved in the embezzlement of public funds. According to the publication, Silva deviated money from a scheme aimed at promoting sports among impoverished children.
The minister, however, dismissed the allegations as “false and ridiculous.” He will be attending a public audience in the congress today to clarify the situation.
Silva is involved in the organisation of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, which will be hosted in Brazil. This corruption case is the fourth to affect president Dilma Rousseff’s government since she took office in January.