Japan's Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda has been held under investigation by French authorities on account of alleged bribes. It is believed that he supposedly paid to African International Olympic Committee members to support the Japan's bid for 2020 Olympics Games as claimed by French judicial sources.
Takeda, considered to be the mastermind of the Japan's capital bid that prevailed over Spanish and Turkish bids in 2013 vote, was interrogated in December 2018 by a French judge who has been investigating alleged irregularities over the past three years, the sources added.
Takeda, however, denies that he is under any sort of investigation. Further, he also stated that he has not committed any wrongdoing and acknowledged that he was questioned in December 2018 after being summoned by the French judge.
It is believed that the French investigators associated with the inquiry dwelled deeper into Takeda's behaviour and allegedly tracked a 1.8 million euro ($2.08 million) payment by the Japanese to a company owned by Senegal's Papa Massata Diack, son of the then President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack.
This money was supposed to be treated as a bribe to convince Diack to lobby African IOC members to support the Japanese bid.
A separate corruption case investigation into the Diack father and son triggered the probe into Takeda's alleged breach of conduct.
During the first investigation carried out for the first time involving Takeda, in February 2017, he confirmed the payment but was unable to justify it. The second questioning led to the present investigation of Takeda and the Diacks.
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