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Japanese Olympic chief indicted in France for corruption

The head of Japan s Olympic Committee has been charged in Paris for active corruption in connection with the awarding of the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, a judicial official told AFP. Tsunekazu Takeda was indicted on December 10 by investigating magistrates looking into a suspect payment of 2.8 million Singapore dollars ($2.3 million) made before the Japanese capital was chosen to host the Olympics, the source said Friday. Tokyo beat Madrid and Istanbul in the 2013 vote. Takeda, a former Olympic showjumper who led the country s campaign for the Games, said he had cooperated with a French judge looking into the matter, adding: I was not involved in any wrongdoing such as bribery. The 71-year-old, who is a member of the International Olympics Committee (IOC), added that wrong information that I was indicted has been shared, and pledged he would cooperate with investigations to clear up any doubts. Takeda was mis en examen by the French magistrates, a legal step that has no direct ..

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