The top of Japan’s Olympic Committee is being formally investigated in France for alleged corruption within the awarding of the 2020 Video games to Tokyo, a French judicial supply has mentioned.
Prosecutors have been investigating a €2m ($2.3m; £1.8m) cost allegedly made by Japan’s bidding committee.
Tsunekazu Takeda mentioned he had not been indicted, was co-operating and that there was nothing new within the case.
Tokyo was awarded the Video games in 2013, beating Madrid and Istanbul.
The Japanese authorities has at all times insisted its Tokyo bid is clear.
The judicial supply, quoted by numerous information companies and Le Monde, mentioned that Mr Takeda had been positioned underneath “mis en examen” by investigative judges in Paris final month. Mis en examen is the formal begin of a legal investigation underneath French regulation.
Talking to Japanese media, Mr Takeda mentioned this didn’t quantity to indictment, including “there’s nothing new in any respect, nothing has modified”.
He mentioned he had co-operated with a French listening to in December and informed it that there had been no improper motion.
Nevertheless, the Worldwide Olympic Committee’s ethics fee mentioned on Friday it had “opened a file” and would “proceed to watch the state of affairs”.
There have been few extra particulars given on Friday however the cost involved seems to be linked to what’s referred to as the Black Tidings case.
French prosecutors mentioned in 2016 they had been investigating a cost allegedly made by the Japanese bidding committee to a Singapore-based consultancy agency of that title.
The cash was labelled as “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games Bid”, coming from an account opened at a Japanese financial institution, for the revenue of Black Tidings.
The corporate is linked to the son of former world athletics chief, Lamine Diack, a member of the IOC when it awarded the Video games to Tokyo and who’s the topic of a lot of corruption allegations.
The son, Papa Massata Diack, additionally faces corruption allegations. In an earlier interview he told the BBC he and his father had been harmless.
In September 2016, an unbiased panel appointed by Japan’s Olympic Committee (JOC) cleared Japanese bidding officers of any criminality within the case, saying that the cost to Black Tidings was a official one for consulting companies.
Mr Takeda is a veteran Olympics official who competed as a present jumper in 1972 and 1976.
He has been JOC president since 2001.