Japan Olympic Committee chief denies bribery charges

Politics 1/11/2019, 1:04 PM
Japan Olympic Committee chief denies bribery charges

Japan's Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda denied the bribery allegations made against him by French authorities related to Tokyo's 2020 Olympics bid, AFP reported on Friday.

Various media had previously reported that Takeda was under investigation on Thursday over a payment of almost €2 million made before the Japanese capital won the bid. The investigation was launched in 2016 and is centered on two payments made to a company that has connections to the son of the Senegalese former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations. The payments had been made both prior to and following the International Olympic Committee vote that determined the Japanese capital as the host city.

Takeda stated that he "was not involved in any wrongdoing such as bribery" and that "wrong information" that he had been indicted was shared. He said that he had cooperated with a judge at a Paris hearing that had taken place on an undefined date and vowed to continue cooperating "with investigations to clear up any doubts."

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