The Brazilian Olympics Committee have set up an Ethics Commission in an effort to improve transparency and governance.
Alberto Murray, from our Brazilian member firm Murray Advogados was recently elected to be the first ever President of the Ethics Commission.
Alberto has always been involved in the Olympics, and was a member of the Brazilian Olympics Committee from 1996 to 2008, during which time he openly criticized the Brazilian bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
Since 2008 he has continued to campaign against corruption in the Brazilian Olympics Committee, passing his concerns on to the IOC on a number of occasions. You can read more about his campaign and the results of the campaign here.
Alberto says “To assume the presidency of the Ethics Council of the Brazilian Olympic Committee is a source of great pride for me. I am the first president of this newly created Council. The creation of this Council has always been one of my suggestions. I was an athlete and I come from a family of athletes. Presiding over the Council is a tribute to my grandfather, Major Sylvio de Magalhães Padilha, one of the greatest Olympic athletes in Brazilian history and a world-renowned sports leader, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, who has always been guided by the Olympic principles and ethics.”
We at PLG congratulate Alberto on his appointment and wish him well in this role.