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Japanese Olympic Chief Indicted In France For Corruption

The head of Japan's Olympic Committee has been indicted in Paris for "active corruption" in connection with the awarding of the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo.

According to French judicial source Tsunekazu Takeda, 71, was indicted on December 10 by investigating magistrates looking into a suspect payment of nearly two million Euros 2.3 million Dollars made before the Japanese capital was chosen to host the Olympics.

Tokyo beat Madrid and Istanbul in the 2013 vote.

Takeda, a former Olympic Showjumper who led the country's campaign for the games, is also an influential member of the International Olympic Committee.

The French investigation, launched in 2016, relates to two payments made to Singapore-based black tidings, a firm linked to Papa Massa Diack, son of the Senegalese former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations , Lamine Diack.

The younger Diack is himself a powerful marketing advisor to the Iaaf.

The payments were made in two stages, before and after the IOC vote that decided the host city.