Japan Olympic Committee: “There was no bribes in Tokyo 2020”
The investigation ordered by the Japanese agency ruled that there were no irregularities or buying votes in the election for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
A research panel appointed by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said today that the agency did not act unlawfully when transacting an opaque account to suspicions that bribes were to achieve the election of Tokyo 2020.
So they have concluded the team of two lawyers and an accountant, to which the Japanese Olympic Committee tasked with analyzing transactions made during the process of choosing the venue for the 2020 Olympics, and are the subject of a parallel investigation by the French courts.
Tokyo ‘s candidacy made payments of approximately $ 2 million (1.7 million euros) to the company Black Tidings, on behalf of Ian Tan Tong Han and linked to Massata Papa Diack , son of former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF , its acronym in English), Lamine Diack.
Payments to this company that offers consulting services were “elevated but were not intended to buy votes” , and did not violate the law or the code of ethics of the International Olympic Committee, according to the research results presented today.
“I think this ends with suspicions that bribes concerned , ” said Yoshihisa lawyer Hayakawa, president of the panel investigation, at a press conference in Tokyo today and collected by the local agency Kyodo.
These suspicions were due to the relationship of the beneficiary has Lamine Diack, whose vote as head of the IAAF was decisive for the appointment of the next Olympic host.
The report commissioned by the Japanese Olympic Committee notes that the payments were legitimate since Tan “had access to confidential information about the process of choosing candidates” , which was demonstrated by the good results that gave the contracted services.
However, researchers also noted that “there was a problem of transparency” when hiring these services , because several senior Japanese Olympic Committee made the decision without explaining in full to the council president.
The research panel began its inquiry last May, when it came to light the scandal of possible vote buying , and since then has interviewed 34 people involved in the case.
The account to which the payments were made and the beneficiary is the son of Lamine Diack was also the recipient of transactions in the doping scandal that ended with the exclusion of some Russian athletes for the Olympic Games in Rio.
Diack, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) between 1999 and 2013, resigned in 2014 as head of the IAAF after the scandal for accepting bribes from the Russian athletics federation to cover the positive results in test of doping some of their athletes.
French justice, which has opened proceedings against Diack for that case is also investigating payments made by the Japanese Olympic Committee.