the head of Japan’s Olympic Committee (JOC) is stepping down over corruption allegations referring to the awarding of the 2020 games to Tokyo.
Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated through French prosecutors who’re searching into claims a 2m Euro (£1.7m) bribe become paid to at ease Tokyo’s prevailing bid.
Tokyo become offered the video games in 2013, beating Madrid and Istanbul.
“I do not trust i have achieved anything illegal,” Takeda said as he announced he might now not are seeking re-election.
“It pains me to have created the sort of fuss, however I accept as true with it is my responsibility to serve out the relaxation of my time period,” he added.
Takeda’s tenure results in June.
Japan Olympics leader ‘investigated in French corruption probe’
the japanese authorities has constantly insisted its Tokyo bid is clean.
The company to which the price become made is connected to the son of former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who changed into a member of the worldwide Olympic Committee whilst it presented the games to Tokyo and is the situation of corruption allegations being looked at by way of French investigators.
The son, Papa Massata Diack, additionally faces corruption allegations – which he denies.
A JOC panel has already cleared eastern bidding officials of any illegal activity within the case, their 2016 record said the payment turned into a valid one for consulting offerings.
Mr Takeda is a veteran Olympics respectable who competed as a display jumper in 1972 and 1976.