Japan probe clears Tokyo 2020 bid over payments


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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid team has been cleared of bribery in an investigation into a controversial payment made to a Singaporean consultancy

Tokyo, Sept.2,
(GNA/dpa) – The Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid team has been cleared of bribery in an
investigation into a controversial payment made to a Singaporean consultancy.

An independent
panel set up by the Japanese Olympic Committee concluded Thursday that there
was nothing illegal in the payments of 2.8 million Singapore dollars (2 million
US dollars) to the Black Tidings company.

The three-strong
investigation panel said the Tokyo bid team had not intended the money as a
gift and that the payments did not violate the ethics code of the International
Olympic Committee.

“I believe the
suspicion of bribery by the Tokyo team has been cleared,” Yoshihisa
Hayakawa, a lawyer who led the panel, told a news conference on Thursday.

The head of Black
Tidings, Ian Tan Tong Han, has been closely linked to Papa Massata Diack, the
son of former world athletics federation IAAF president Lamine Diack.

The payments were
suspected to have been directed to the elderly Diack, who then had a vote as an
IOC member in deciding the host city for the 2020 Olympics.

Papa Massata Diack,
who served as an IAAF adviser, is sought by Interpol in connection with a
French corruption investigation targeting the Diacks around the covering up of
positive doping cases.

In September 2013,
Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Games against Istanbul and Madrid.

GNA


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