Strong man at 2020 Tokyo Olympics indicted for "active bribery"

The French justice suspects Tsunekazu Takeda of having authorized the payment of bribes in order to obtain the Games, reveals "The World".

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Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne on December 10, 2013. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

A year and a half from the start of the Olympic Games (Olympics) in Tokyo, scheduled for July 24 to August 9, 2020, this is news that the organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have gone well.

On December 10, 2018, a prominent Japanese personality was questioned, in all discretion, by the French justice. According to information from the World , Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games project manager, has been indicted by the head of the "Active corruption" by the judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke.

The magistrate investigates for three years on suspicion of corruption on the sidelines of the election of the host city of the next Summer Games. And he suspects the victory of the Japanese candidacy, in 2013, to be the result of occult negotiations that allowed him to win notably the voice of African members of the IOC.

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In Japan, Tsunekazu Takeda is a figure. A pillar of the Olympics whose organization of the summer Olympics must complete a life in the service of sport. The elegant 71-year-old, gray-haired, back-haired and slim-haired, is the Tokyo Olympics, although he is officially "only" vice-president of the organizing committee.

The great-grandson of Emperor Meiji participated in five Olympic Games since Munich in 1972, as rider and then coach of the riding team. Since 2001, he chairs the Japanese Olympic Committee, which, according to the Japanese press, wants to allow him to be re-elected in June for an eleventh term by ignoring the age limit of 70 years.

In 2012, Mr. Takeda became a member of the IOC, where he chairs the Marketing Committee. Above all, as president of the Japanese candidacy, he is the main architect of the victory of Tokyo, September 7, 2013, in Buenos Aires.

A mysterious intermediary

It is this function that earned him today his indictment, has already been reserved by the Brazilian justice to Carlos Nuzman, prime contractor for Rio's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The French court suspects Mr Takeda of having authorized the payment of bribes in order to obtain the Games. Two transfers made on July 30 and October 28, 2013 to Black Tidings, a Singapore-based company, for a total amount of 1.8 million euros, intrigue the investigators of the National Financial Procuratorate (PNF). These money movements were spotted by the anti-money laundering unit Tracfin, as part of a preliminary judicial inquiry opened by the PNF, in October 2015, on a corruption case at the International Athletics Federation (IAAF). Contacted by Le Monde , Stéphane Bonifassi, one of Takeda's lawyers, had not reacted Friday morning.