Takeda questioned over payments made by Tokyo Olympic bid team

French authorities have been looking into payments paid by Tokyo's bid team to Singaporean consultancy prior to winning the bid for 2020 Games in 2013.

By: AP | Tokyo | Updated: February 8, 2017 3:25 pm
Railways taken by surprise over listing of its 3 PSUs Tokyo bid team paid an amount of worth more than .2 million to Black Tidings. (Source: Reuters)

Tokyo prosecutors have questioned the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee over allegations that dubious payments were made by the bid team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Tsunekazu Takeda said that he was questioned last week and that he told prosecutors what he “has said so far,” indicating that he denied any wrongdoing, Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.

The questioning of Takeda and several others involved in the bid was voluntary and conducted at the request of French authorities who have been looking into payments worth more than $2.2 million paid by Tokyo’s bid team to Singaporean consultancy, Black Tidings, prior to winning the bid for the 2020 Games in September 2013.

Black Tidings was headed by Ian Tan Tong Hon, who is known to be close to Papa Massata Diack, son of disgraced former International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack.


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