The head of Japan's Olympic Committee Tuesday denied involvement in a suspect payment made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Games, while apologising for any possible impact on the hosting of the event. French investigating magistrates have indicted Tsunekazu Takeda as they probe two payments of 2.8 million Singapore dollars ($2.1 million) made before the Japanese capital was chosen to host the Olympics. During a nationally televised news conference lasting only seven minutes, Takeda said: "I was never involved in any decision-making process" over the payment. Takeda added that he had already protested his innocence during questioning by French authorities in Paris on December 10. He also said the payment was not corruption but "a consultancy contract signed through appropriate approval procedures." "I'm very sorry that this trouble could possibly affect the Olympic movement," he added, vowing to co-operate with the authorities. He did not take questions from reporters after making ..
TOKYO — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation, suspected by French investigators of authorizing the payment of bribes […] The post Probe of IOC's Tsunekazu Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics appeared first on Inquirer Sports.
Probe of IOC's Tsunekazu Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics
The head of Japan's Olympic Committee has been charged in Paris for "active corruption" in connection with the awarding of the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, a judicial official told AFP. Tsunekazu Takeda was indicted on December 10 by investigating magistrates looking into a suspect payment of 2.8 million Singapore dollars ($2.3 million) made before the Japanese capital was chosen to host the Olympics, the source said Friday. Tokyo beat Madrid and Istanbul in the 2013 vote. Takeda, a former Olympic showjumper who led the country's campaign for the Games, said he had cooperated with a French judge looking into the matter, adding: "I was not involved in any wrongdoing such as bribery." The 71-year-old, who is a member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), added that "wrong information that I was indicted has been shared," and pledged he would "cooperate with investigations to clear up any doubts." Takeda was "mis en examen" by the French magistrates, a legal step that has no direct ..
A top Olympic official has come under investigation on suspicion of corruption related to Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Summer Games. Tsunekazu Takeda, who serves as chairman of the International Olympic Committee's marketing commission and president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, is...