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IOC launches bribery probe against Japan Olympic head

Allegations by French officials center on $2m payment to Singapore consultancy

Japan Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda is suspected of bribery tied to Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The International Olympic Committee has opened an investigation into bribery allegations against Japanese Olympic chief Tsunekazu Takeda, in response to a separate probe being conducted by French authorities.

The IOC Ethics Commission spoke with Takeda by video call on Friday. It did not release details of the conversation, but said the Olympic committee is in "close contact" with French authorities and "will continue to monitor the situation."

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