Japanese IOC member under suspicion of corruption
The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee is said to have influenced the awarding of the 2020 Summer Games.
The International Olympic Committee IOC is facing a new scandal. Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, has been investigating active corruption in Tokyo for the 2002 Tokyo Olympics. A report by the French daily Le Monde confirmed authorities in France.
The 71-year-old Takeda, who is also an elected IOC member, is suspected of having influenced the award with bribes of almost two million euros. The money should have received the consulting firm Black Tidings in Singapore, which should be in connection with the Senegalese dad Massata Diack.
Preliminary investigation already initiated in December
The French prosecutors announced that investigations into "active corruption" had already been launched against Takeda on 10 December last year.
The IOC referred to the presumption of innocence. The association is in close contact with the French authorities and will continue to monitor the situation, the association said in response to a request from the Sport Information Service. Takeda dismissed all blame on Friday.
Diack should already have taken part in the election of Rio de Janeiro as the venue of the 2016 Olympic Games influence on the vote. Since 2015, he is on the list of Interpol, the Senegal refuses extradition so far.
Suspected since the beginning of 2017
The suspicion that Takeda has influenced the awarding of the Olympic Games has existed since 2017. Takeda had been questioned by the French authorities earlier this year about the payment. After that, the Japanese Olympic Committee had set up a commission, but Takeda relieved of the suspicion of bribery.
The nearly two million euros have been paid for consultant services, the investigators said. The money is said to have been paid in two installments in 2013, one in July, one in October. In September 2013, Japan was selected as host of the Olympic Games.