The head of Japan´s Olympic Committee on Tsunekazu Takeda on Tuesday (Jan 15) denied once again corruption allegations of acceptance of suspect payment made before Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Games, suggesting that any guilt was with others in the bureaucracy at the Japanese body. He read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions from hundreds of media.
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. “I´m very sorry that this trouble could possibly affect the Olympic movement,” he added, vowing to co-operate with the authorities.
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17 November, 2019