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SportProbe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

18:40  12 january  2019
18:40  12 january  2019 Source:   ap.org

Japan Olympic official Takeda denies corruption allegations

Japan Olympic official Takeda denies corruption allegations Tsunekazu Takeda, the head of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, has denied corruption allegations against him concerning reported bribes paid to be awarded the rights to host the 2020 Olympics. A French prosecutor is investigating Takeda, who is reportedly linked to about $2 million in payments in 2013 before and after the IOC picked Tokyo ahead of Madrid and Istanbul to stage the games. The brewing scandal is a major blow to Tokyo's preparations, which IOC President Thomas Bach has called ''the best'' in Olympic history.

The Tokyo National Stadium, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and athletics competitions will be staged, will be completely revamped and replaced by a new arena. “Congratulations to the city of Tokyo on its election as host of the 2020 Olympic Games,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge..

Tsunekazu Takeda is suspected of authorizing bribery payments related to Tokyo ’ s successful bid for the 2020 Summer Games. > In a story first reported by the French newspaper Le Monde, Takeda came under the scrutiny of French authorities whose wide-ranging probe into sports corruption

Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics© The Associated Press FILE - This is a Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 file photo of Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games bid, as he listens to a question from the media during their first international presentation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid in London. France's financial crimes office says International Olympic Committee member Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Financial Prosecutors office says Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal investigation for "active corruption" on Dec. 10.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

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.

Japan's Olympic Committee head denies impropriety in 2020 bid procedures

Japan's Olympic Committee head denies impropriety in 2020 bid procedures US-OLYMPICS-2020-TAKEDA:Japan's Olympic Committee head denies impropriety in 2020 bid procedures

Under new IOC policies that allow sports to be added to the Games' programme to augment the permanent The IOC voted to select the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics on 7 September 2013 at the The Tokyo metropolitan government set aside a fund of 400 billion Japanese yen ( over

Tokyo Olympics : Japan to 'fully cooperate' with suspicious payments inquiry. Read more. Coincidentally, Takeda , who like others in the interlocking worlds of sports politics and business Just what that consulting power bought them is just one of many questions hanging over the IOC at the

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 to help land the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when IOC members voted in 2013.

In a Japanese Olympic Committee statement on Friday, Takeda denied any wrongdoing.

A distant relative of Japan's royal family — the great grandson of the Meiji Emperor — Takeda could join a growing list of suspended IOC members, and honorary members, who are linked to corruption probes. His case could potentially tarnish the Tokyo Olympics, which open in 18 months.

Bach has called Tokyo's preparations "the best ever," though there are concerns about rising costs with the price tag to prepare the games at about $20 billion. That's three times what Tokyo bidders said it would cost when they were awarded the Olympics.

Takeda corruption probe sullies 2020 Tokyo Olympics and IOC

Takeda corruption probe sullies 2020 Tokyo Olympics and IOC Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body. Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions from hundreds of media. Innocent or guilty in a bribery scandal that French authorities suspect helped land the games for Tokyo, the scandal has cast a shadow over the upcoming Olympics that open in 18 months.

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Tsunekazu Takeda is investigated over alleged corruption, sources say, but denies improper actions. The head of Japan' s Olympic Committee is being formally investigated in France for alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2020 Games to Tokyo , a French judicial source has said.

"The Tokyo Olympics Face a Black Cloud," was Saturday's headline in the popular daily Nikkan Sports.

Takeda has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday in Tokyo to address an investigation that has been going on for several years.

"The case is causing tremendous concern among the people who are supporting the Tokyo Games," Takeda said. "But I will continue to cooperate in the investigation in order to clear any suspicion of me."

Two of Japan's three major newspapers — Mainichi and Asahi — put the story on Saturday's front page. It was the top story for Mainichi, and Asahi placed the Olympic story just under the ongoing detention of Nissan ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn.

In Asahi, next to a photograph of Takeda, a headline read: "French preliminary hearing judge suspects bribery in Olympic bidding."

Ghosn is a Brazilian-born Frenchman, and several papers suggested that France could be getting even for Japan's treatment of Ghosn.

IOC marketing chair from Japan investigated for corruption

IOC marketing chair from Japan investigated for corruption France's financial crimes office says International Olympic Committee marketing chair Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Financial Prosecutors office says Takeda was placed under formal investigation for "active corruption" on Dec. 10. Takeda is also the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee.

The IOC is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers. The IOC is committed to building a better world through sport. How we do it. The IOC generates revenue for the Olympic Movement through several major marketing programmes, including the sale of broadcast

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"France Retaliates for Ghosn Case?" said a headline in the magazine Aera, which is published by Asahi.

The Tokyo Shimbun ran with the strongest headline: "Tokyo Olympics in Shock and Turmoil."

"Impossible. Why now?" the newspaper headline asked, quoting unnamed 2020 Tokyo Olympic officials. The paper said "shock ran through people working on the Tokyo Olympics. With about 500 days to go before the games open, those involved are perplexed and flabbergasted."

The IOC ethics commission was to have met Friday, but the IOC did not say what action it had taken. It could suspend Takeda or ask him to step aside during the investigation. Or do nothing.

Three IOC members are now suspended: Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait, Patrick Hickey of Ireland, and Frankie Fredericks of Namibia. Honorary member Carlos Nuzman of Brazil, who headed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, is also suspended in a similar vote-buying investigation.

The preliminary charge against Takeda announced by the National Financial Prosecutors office was first reported on Friday by French newspaper Le Monde. The preliminary charge means the investigating magistrate has determined there are serious grounds for suspicion. But no decision has been made on prosecution.

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The man who led Tokyo ' s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics has denied he has been charged in France for bribing voters to back the Japanese city' s campaign in 2013. According to reports in Le Monde and other media outlets on Friday

Members of the International Olympic Committee ( IOC ) meeting in Buenos Aires chose the Tokyo bid chief and Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda said. Asia will also see successive Olympics , as the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang is hosting the 2018 winter edition.

Le Monde said French authorities suspect the IOC vote for Tokyo in 2013 was swayed by secret deals that secured the backing of IOC members from Africa.

Le Monde reported French investigators suspect Takeda of authorizing the payment of $2 million in bribes made on either side of the IOC vote in September 2013 to a Singapore company, Black Tidings.

French prosecutors have linked Black Tidings to Papa Massata Diack, one of the sons of Lamine Diack, who presided over the IAAF from 1999 to 2015.

Lamine Diack, who had huge influence on African voters in Olympic contests, is under investigation in France on corruption-related charges and allegations that he, his son and others were involved in blackmailing athletes and covering up failed drug tests. The 85-year-old Diack has had to turn in his passport and is not allowed to leave the country. His son is believed to be in Senegal.

Takeda was leading Tokyo's second straight bid for the Summer Games, after losing in the 2016 Olympics race to Rio de Janeiro. French prosecutors are also investigating Rio officials and IOC members for alleged financial wrongdoing in 2009 linked to Papa Massata Diack.

Takeda was an Olympic equestrian athlete in 1972 and 1976 and is the head of the IOC's marketing commission, which has played a part in lining up billions in sponsorship money from Japanese companies for the Tokyo Olympics.

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AP Sports Writer Graham Dunbar in Geneva, and Associated Press writer Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this report.

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