Jimmy Feigen’s 35,000 Brazilian reals (approximately $10,8000 USD) will go to the Rio-based Instituto Reação (Reaction Institute), Brazilian news outlet Globo.com is reporting.
Under Brazilian law, the accused can make charitable donations in exchange for officials dropping charges for minor offenses, and this was the outlet used in the case of American swimmer Jimmy Feigen, who made the payment and according to his lawyer will depart from the country on Friday after having his passport revoked earlier in the week.
The institute is a judo-based academy that takes children from Rio’s favelas, poor communities, and trains them in the sport and martial art of judo. Among their stated missions are using judo to “promote education and human development,” offering educational workshops for children and adolescents aged 4-17, and a main objective to “give the necessary support for the development of high performance athletes.”
The program, founded by Olympic medalist Flavio Canton in 2003, has about 1,200 members. Judo is one of Brazil’s more successful Olympic sports – they picked up 3 medals, including 1 gold, in the events at this year’s Olympic Games.
Feigen was one of two swimmers, along with Ryan Lochte, who were indicted this week in Brazil on charges of falsifying a police report with relation to an incident that happened at a Rio gas station early on Sunday morning. There has been no word yet on whether Lochte will be offered a similar arrangement for his side of the indictment, as he returned to the United States before Brazilian authorities could prevent him from leaving the country. The other two swimmers, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger, returned to the United States on Friday morning and were held as witnesses to the event and not indicted.