Tokyo 2020 bid leader questioned in Japan’s parliament

TOKYO (AP) — One of the leaders of Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics has told the Japanese parliament that he cannot reveal the details of a contract with a Singapore firm that has enmeshed the bid in accusations of bribery.

Tsunekazu Takeda said Tuesday the contract is confidential, so he cannot disclose it without the approval of the other party.

French prosecutors are investigating the apparent transfer of 2.8 million Singapore dollars ($2 million) to the Singapore account of a company called Black Tidings. The account holder has been closely tied to the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack, who is facing corruption charges.

Takeda described the payments last week as legitimate consulting fees for services that included bid planning, international lobbying advice and media analysis.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s