Tainted Deputy President Gustavo Salazar is out of BWF

BWF Gustavo Salazar Delgado: Tainted Deputy President Gustavo Salazar is out of BWF - InsideSport

The tainted Badminton World Federation deputy president Gustavo Salazar Delgado is finally out of the world governing body for badminton.

The resignation of the tainted and disgraced deputy president Delgado has been accepted and confirmed by the BWF. Delgado has cited “personal reasons unrelated to BWF business” for quitting the post.

The BWF had last year in June announced that Salazar would be “excused from duties” as BWF Deputy President until a bribery investigation against him had been completed. H was being probed for alleged involvement in a Peruvian money laundering case surrounding Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

The 52-year-old businessman from Peru, who joined the BWF Council in 2007 before being elected to the deputy president’s post six years later, was ordered by a Peruvian judge to be placed in pre-trial detention for 18 months before the hearing into the case.

Last month, the Supreme Court’s Permanent Criminal Chamber of Peru declared an extradition request against Salazar, who currently lives in the United States. Salazar, according to various reports from last year, was on was “on the run” from the authorities over the case.

The corruption probe involves an alleged bribe worth $1.2 million (£884,000/€1 million), apparently offered to Jorge Acurio, a former Regional Governor of Peruvian city Cusco. It is claimed he was approached with the money by Odebrecht to give them the contract to build a new road in Cusco.

The firm has been accused of using bribery and corruption to secure around 100 projects in 12 countries, including some linked to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Acurio allegedly used Salazar to help transfer the payments through offshore firm Wircel SA. Salazar was accused of direct knowledge of all the payments.

Salazar has also played a role in securing marketing contracts for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer has thanked Salazar for his many years of service on the Council and his “significant commitment and contribution to badminton”. The BWF now has a casual vacancy for the position of Deputy President and, as per clause 18.15 of the BWF Constitution which can only be filled during an election at next year’s BWF AGM.

Salazar was re-elected unopposed to the role of Deputy President at the BWF AGM in Australian city Gold Coast on May 20 last year. He has served as President of Asociación Lima 2019, a private company set up to manage sponsorships and broadcasting rights for the Organising Committee, until December 2016.

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