Japan Olympic Chief Reiterates Innocence in Alleged Bribery


Tokyo, Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda on Tuesday claimed his innocence once again in an alleged bribery case over Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

Takeda, 71, told a press conference that the payments in question to a consulting firm by the Tokyo Games bid committee, which was headed by him, were made "based on proper approval procedures" and that they were "fair compensation."

At the same time, Takeda said, "I feel very sorry for the fact that this fuss may have an impact on the Olympic movement."

The press conference, held in Tokyo, lasted only about seven minutes.

The JOC did not accept questions on the grounds that the case is under investigation by French authorities.

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