Judo Gold Medalist Yamashita Likely to Become Next JOC Pres.

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Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)--Yasuhiro Yamashita, a judo gold medalist in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, is likely to become the next president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, informed sources said Friday.

The JOC president's term is two years, meaning that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics would be held under Yamashita, 61, who is also president of the All Japan Judo Federation.

Current JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda, 71, will retire when his term expires at the end of June.

Takeda, who is under French investigation for alleged bribery related to Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 games, offered to retire at a board meeting in March.

The JOC also considered other candidates, including Vice President Seiko Hashimoto. Now, internationally renowned Yamashita is the only one left on the list, the sources said.

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