PARIS: Tsunekazu Takeda, head of the Japan Olympic Committee, has been indicted by French prosecutors over events during Tokyo’s successful bid to win host rights to for 2020 Olympic Games.
A statement from the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne confirmed: “The IOC has been in close contact with the French judicial authorities. The IOC Ethics commission has opened a file and will continue to monitor the situation . . . Mr Takeda continues to enjoy the full presumption of innocence.”
Takeda has been an IOC member since 2012 and heads its marketing commission.
It has emerged that he was indicted on December 10 by investigating judges in Paris who have been trying for three years to shed light on a suspicious payment of two million euros made during the Japanese bid campaign.
The IOC awarded the 2020 Games to Tokyo at its Buenos Aires congress in 2013 rather than either rival Madrid and Istanbul .
It is understood that Takeda denies all wrongdoing.
Takeda competed at showjumping in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. Later he coached the Japanese equestrian team at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics was Chef de Mission at the 2002 and 2004 Games.
Previously his father had also been a president of the JOC and was also an IOC member from 1967 to 1981.