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Japan Olympic Body Chief Charged in French Probe

  • Tsunekazu Takeda led Tokyo’s successful bid for 2020 Games
  • Investigators are probing suspect payment to Singapore firm
Tsunekazu Takeda
Tsunekazu TakedaPhotographer: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images
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Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda was charged as part of a French corruption probe into the awarding of the 2020 Olympic Games to Tokyo, a person familiar with the matter said. Takeda, however, insisted that he hadn’t been indicted.

The charges against Takeda, who led Tokyo’s successful bid, were filed Dec. 10, said the person, asking not to be identified because the investigation is ongoing. French investigators suspect Japan was picked in 2013 following unspecified secret arrangements aimed at obtaining the votes of African members of the International Olympic Committee.