Tokyo 2020 Games: Japan Olympics chief Tsunekazu Takeda quits

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee (JOC) is stepping down over corruption allegations relating to the awarding of the 2020 Games to Tokyo.

Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated by French prosecutors who are looking into claims a 2m Euro (£1.7m) bribe was paid to secure Tokyo’s winning bid.

Tokyo was awarded the Games in 2013, beating Madrid and Istanbul.

“I don’t believe I’ve done anything illegal,” Takeda said as he announced he would not seek re-election.

“It pains me to have created such a fuss, but I believe it is my responsibility to serve out the rest of my term,” he added.

Takeda’s tenure ends in June.

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