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JOC head unaware how 230 million yen paid to Singaporean firm was used

Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, suggested he does not know how 230 million yen that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics bid committee paid to a Singaporean company was used.

He confessed that the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee never confirmed the use of the 230 million yen with Ian Tan Tong Han, head of Singaporean firm Black Tidings, during a House of Representatives Budget Committee session on May 16. He was responding to questions by Yuichiro Tamaki of the largest opposition Democratic Party.

Suspicions have arisen that the 230 million yen that the bid committee had paid to the Singaporean firm in 2013 may have been funneled to the son of Lamine Diack, a member of the International Olympic Committee and a friend of Tan, for rounding up votes for Japan's bid. Diack had also previously served as president of the International Association of Athletics Federation.

In the Diet session, Takeda, who had headed the now defunct bid committee, emphasized that the organization signed a contract with Black Tidings after confirming its past business achievements and other practices with the advertising giant Dentsu Inc.

Takeda also told the Diet panel that he confirmed with former bid committee executive Masato Mizuno on May 15 that contract documents exist and emphasized that the bid committee did not know of relations between Black Tidings and the son of Diack.

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