Tokyo Olympics organizing committee official suspected of bribery of IOC members

Tokyo Olympics organizing committee official suspected of bribery of IOC members

The Japanese businessman, who has received millions of dollars for his work to launch a successful campaign to select Tokyo as the capital of the 2020 Olympic Games, has drawn public attention. It turned out that Haruyuki Takahashi gave gifts to one of the IOC members Lamin Diak, who was later accused of corruption..

Takahashi’s duties included lobbying the country’s interests through representatives of the International Olympic Committee to select Japan as a venue for the games, and he does not deny that Diak received gifts from him..

«You can’t come to a meeting empty-handed. These are the rules of etiquette», – noted the businessman. It is known that the Frenchman received from him a digital camera and a watch from the company «Seiko». However, according to Haruyuki, these gifts were not expensive..

Tokyo Olympics organizing committee official suspected of bribery of IOC members

Bank records from the Tokyo 2020 bid committee showed that it took about $ 46,500 for a watch. One of high-ranking officials confirmed that at events organized by the Japanese side, «nice watch», but did not specify their brand.

The IOC regulations allowed the issuance of gifts with a nominal value at the time of the elections for the capital of the 2020 Olympics, but did not specify a specific amount.

According to a lawyer for a Senegalese sportsman, the day before the vote, Diak announced at a meeting of African Olympic representatives that he plans to support Tokyo.. However, the Frenchman did not impose his position on other participants..

The IOC said it was not aware of payments between individuals or gifts given to committee members.

Tokyo Olympics organizing committee official suspected of bribery of IOC members

Since 2015, French prosecutors have been investigating Diak, the former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations.. He was also accused of accepting a $ 2 million bribe to add Rio de Janeiro to the list of cities to host the 2016 Olympics.. Today, Diak is under house arrest in France..

The financial statements were provided to French prosecutors by the Japanese government as part of a French investigation into whether Diak paid the Tokyo bid committee to guarantee his vote..

Lamin Diak himself denies his involvement in violations and bribes.

The Olympic training cost Japanese taxpayers about $ 13 billion, and the postponement of the games to 2021 shocked corporate sponsors who poured a record $ 3 billion into the project..

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