French Prosecutors Probing JOC Head for Indictment over Bribery
Paris, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)--French prosecutors have launched a full-fledged investigation of Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda to indict him for alleged bribery over the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, informed sources said Friday.
Judges concerned will make a final decision on whether to indict 71-year-old Takeda, according to the sources.
Such bribery allegations started to surface around 2016, and French authorities have conducted preliminary investigations.
At issue is some 220 million yen that the Tokyo bid committee paid to Singaporean consulting firm Black Tidings in 2013. Takeda served as head of its executive board.
Black Tidings has close ties with relatives of International Olympic Committee members who have the voting rights for deciding Olympic host cities. There is a suspicion that the money was used to buy IOC votes for picking Tokyo as host of the 2020 Summer Games.