JOC Pres. Takeda Likely to Step Down amid Bribery Probe

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Tokyo, March 16 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda, who is under investigation by French authorities over bribery allegations related to Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, is believed to have made up his mind to resign, it was learned Saturday.

Takeda, 71, is expected to show his intention to step down from the top JOC post, at a meeting of the executive board of the committee on Tuesday, informed sources said.

Exploring the possibility of keeping the current leadership headed by Takeda intact, the JOC has been considering a revision of its existing rule preventing people aged over 70 from being elected executives.

Takeda has apparently hoped to stay on as JOC president at least until the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With the French investigation likely to be prolonged, however, concerns that the alleged bribery scandal could tarnish the image of the Tokyo Games have been spreading ahead of this summer's elections of JOC executives.

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