After the complicated and controversial postponement of the Tokyo Games for July 2021 because of the pandemic of coronavirus, the controversy continues to splatter the Japanese organization, which has been accused of bribing influential members related to the IOC when the Japanese capital was only a candidate to host the Olympic event.
The key figure in the entire network revealed by Reuters, is Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive of the advertising agency Dentsu Inc, which according to the financial records consulted by the agency received 8.2 million dollars to convince heavyweights related to Olympism, being Lamine Diack the main suspect.
The former IAAF president and former IOC member, who is already being investigated by the French justice in another corruption case, would have been one of those who would have received gifts from Takahashi such as video cameras or watches, specifically from the Seiko brand by a value of $ 46,500, as you have learned Reuters. The IOC regulations allow the granting of gifts, without specifying quantities, and sources of the Olympic organization have recognized the existence of these watches.
“They are cheap,” said Takahashi to the agency, which after completing this management became part of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. The businessman acknowledges having received the payments but denies that he used the money fraudulently, assuring that it was normal to provide gifts such as a way to build good relationships with top officials like Diack, 86. “You don’t go empty-handed. That is common sense, “he explained.
Following the same information, Lamine Diack met with different African Olympic representatives a day before the vote to decide on the 2020 Olympic event, in 2013, and reported that she would vote for the Tokyo candidacy, but did not influence the decision of any of the voters assured Reuters one of Diack’s attorneys.
The allegations about the Senegalese man come from before, as France is investigating him as a beneficiary of $ 2.3 million paid by the Tokyo organization through a Singapore consultancy. On the occasion of this case, the Japanese government has provided the French prosecution with the financial records of the Japanese candidacy.
Moreover, Tokyo 2020 also paid $ 1.3 million to a little-known non-profit institute led by former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, a powerful figure in Japanese sports and the head of the organizing committee for the Olympic Games from Tokyo.