Tokyo 2020 bid payments to ex-Dentsu executive did not break rules, claims Bach

IOC president Thomas Bach and Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori at press conference on November 16, 2020 (by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has stated no IOC rules were broken by payments of more than $8m (€6.7m) in 2013 and 2014 from Tokyo’s bid committee for the 2020 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to a current board member of the organising committee.

Japanese businessman Haruyuki Takahashi was paid $8.2m by the Tokyo 2020 bid committee for his work to help secure the Games, the Reuters news agency reported earlier this year, and was said to have been instrumental in getting support for the bid from Lamine Diack, the disgraced former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now known as World Athletics.

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