Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda denied reports that he had been indicted in France on corruption charges relating to Tokyo’s bid to win the 2020 Olympics, saying Friday he had cooperated with French authorities.
«I have not been indicted,» Takeda said, responding to reports from multiple media outlets in France. «No restrictions have been placed upon me. We have heard nothing new from the investigative team.»
Other reports have mentioned not an indictment but that French prosecutors are preparing to file criminal charges against Takeda.
French investigators have been probing Tokyo’s successful bid for over two years, with many questions being asked about large payments by the bid committee, headed by Takeda, to a Singapore bank account, ostensibly for consulting. In May 2016, Takeda said that the payments were legitimate fees for services provided.
«I cooperated at a hearing with the investigators in charge,» said Takeda, who refuted the idea that the money had been linked to bribery. «Such a thing is unthinkable.»
«It is extremely unfortunate if things untrue are reported.»
Although a third-party investigative team brought in by the JOC found no illegality in the contracts with the consultant, it was not possible to reveal the truth about the use of the 200 million yen involved.
«At this time, it would be best if everything was black and white,» a JOC official said.
An executive with the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said, «This is not good news.»
All — Kyodo News+