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Sport Japan's Olympics minister: not government's role to look into bid payments

06:05  26 november  2020
06:05  26 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto said it was not the central government's role to look into reports about large payments the Tokyo campaign made to various entities in the run-up to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) vote in 2013.

Seiko Hashimoto wearing a suit and tie: Japan's Olympic and Paralympic Games Minister Seiko Hashimoto attends a news conference in Tokyo © Reuters/KIM KYUNG-HOON Japan's Olympic and Paralympic Games Minister Seiko Hashimoto attends a news conference in Tokyo

In response to a question from a lawmaker about Reuters' reporting on the subject, Hashimoto said it was the responsibility of the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Tokyo metropolitan government to explain the bid's activities.

IOC chief Thomas Bach said last week no IOC rules were infringed by payments in 2013 and 2014 totaling more than $8 million from the Tokyo Olympic bid committee to an executive of the Tokyo organising committee.

(Reporting by Mari Saito and Ami Miyazaki; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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