Japan's Olympics chief to step down amid corruption probe

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Published on March 19, 2019 - Duration: 00:57s

Japan's Olympics chief to step down amid corruption probe

Amid charges of corruption by French prosecutors, Japan's Olympic Committee president will step down at the end of his term in June.

Justin Solomon reports.

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Japan's Olympics chief to step down amid corruption probe

The head of Japan's winning bid to host the 2020 Summer Games says he'll step down in June.

Tsunekazu Takeda is under investigation for suspected corruption by French prosecutors.

They've been probing multi-million dollar payments made by the Tokyo bid committee to a Singapore consulting company.

In Tokyo on Tuesday (March 19) Takeda said he plans to resign as president of the country's Olympic committee.

He maintains he has not done anything illegal.

A judicial source tells Reuters Takeda is also suspected by the prosecuting judge of paying bribes to secure the winning bid.

Takeda told reporters at a press conference in January that he would fully cooperate with the prosecutors and without taking questions from the media, denied the allegations of corruption saying that there was nothing improper with the contracts made between the committee and consultants.

The 71-year-old Takeda will also resign as a member of the International Olympics Committee.

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