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IOC keen to have new member in Japan following Takeda's resignation

28 March 2019

The International Olympic Committee will be looking to appoint a new member for Japan soon following the departure of Japan Olympic Committee chief Tsunekazu Takeda from the global Olympic body, IOC President Thomas Bach said. Takeda ceased to be an IOC member on Tuesday after a decision by the IOC executive board.

He is under investigation in France for suspected corruption and will step down from his JOC role in June. Multi-million dollar payments made by the Tokyo bid committee to a Singapore consulting company are under examination and Takeda is suspected by prosecutors of paying bribes to secure the winning bid. Takeda has said there was nothing improper with the contracts made between the committee and the consultancy and that they were for legitimate work.