The Paris 2024 Olympics are at the center of a financial investigation and scandal as the official headquarters are raided for evidence.

Organizers of the Paris 2024 Olympics revealed on Thursday that their headquarters were subject to a surprise raid by the nation’s financial prosecutor on Wednesday, with event management firms also coming under scrutiny. This operation is part of an ongoing investigation into alleged favoritism.

In a statement, Paris 2024 affirmed “that the PNF (Parquet national financier) visited its headquarters on Wednesday, October 18, and obtained all the information it requested. Paris 2024 is cooperating fully with the investigation, as it has always done.”

A judicial source disclosed that the raids were executed as part of a wider investigation launched due to suspicions of “illegal taking of interest, favoritism, and concealment” pertaining to the allocation of various contracts.

The probe is a big development in the preparations for the highly anticipated Paris 2024 Olympics. The investigation into alleged favoritism and irregularities concerning contract awards has raised about the transparency and fairness of the selection process for companies involved in organizing the event. The Olympics are beholden to certain rules in how they choose contractors, rules determined by the hosting nation.

As the investigations unfold, it remains to be seen how this might impact the planning and execution of the Paris 2024 Olympics. The organizers’ commitment to full cooperation suggests a determination to uphold the principles of fairness and integrity throughout the Olympic preparations, assuring the public that they are taking these allegations seriously.

There have been similar investigations into many previous Olympics, including the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, Utah, the 2008 games in China, the 2016 games in Rio, 2020 in Tokyo, and 2022 in Norway. Corruption in the bidding process for contracts and for hosting are well-known in the Olympics.