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Japan to probe allegations of graft in bid for 2020 Olympics

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Tokyo, May 13: The Japanese government on Friday ordered the Olympic Committee and the Tokyo government to probe allegations that officials were bribed to support the country’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “Prompt reviews by Tokyo and the JOC will allow us to determine the facts.”

Japanese Sports Minister Hiroshi Hase said authorities were cooperating with French prosecutors who were investigating the bribery and Tokyo expects a “thorough examition”, Efe news reported.

“Our intent was to conduct a bid without any wrongdoing. I still have no doubts about that,” Hase said when asked about the transactions that helped Tokyo win the bid to host the event.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the French prosecutor’s office said it has opened a probe into certain payments, amounting to around $2 million, allegedly made by the Tokyo organisation or entities close to it, into an opaque account linked to the Intertiol Olympic Committee.

The French authorities in charge of fincial crimes suspect there may be “corruption and money laundering” involved in these transactions from a Japanese bank between July and October 2013. The beneficiary account belonged to the company Black Tidings, linked to Papa Massata Diack, son of former Intertiol Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack. IANS

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