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Cartan Global | Tokyo 2020

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has vowed to cooperate with the ongoing French investigation into an alleged bribe paid by Tokyo 2020 during their successful bid to land the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Transfers totalling $2 million (£1.3 million/€1.7 million) were made in 2013 to a Singapore-based account owned by company Black Tidings, allegedly used by the disgraced Diack family. Lamine Diack, the former President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and who was later embroiled in corruption allegations, was still a voting International Olympic Committee (IOC) member until 2013 and was also thought to have influence over the decisions of others. It has been alleged that the money, therefore, could have been used to sway Diack and other voting IOC members at the 2013 Session when Tokyo was elected as Olympic host in Buenos Aires. Tokyo 2020 and Japanese officials have denied all the allegations and claim the money was a legitimate consulting fee. Abe, who played a key late role in Buenos Aires by meeting with influential members including Diack, has called for full Government cooperation with the French probe. "I have instructed the Education and Sports Minister to fully cooperate in the investigation," he told Parliament today. "Education and Sports Minister Hiroshi Hase told the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the former Bid Committee to cooperate in the investigation." Lamine Diack's son Papa Moussata, has criticised the allegations ©Getty Images Lamine Diack's son Papa Diack has criticised the allegations ©Getty Images Other bodies including Singapore's Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) are also assisting the French investigation. Tsunekazu Takeda, the President of the JOC and the leader of the Tokyo 2020 bid, claims the fee was for international consultancy and was paid to Black Tidings’ official owner Ian Tan Tong Han. It is not yet clear what precise consultancy work Tan - who is thought to be in his 20s - provided. Lamine Diack was arrested in France in November amid allegations bribes had been taken to cover up failed drugs tests in athletics. The Senegalese stepped down as an honorary IOC member last year after the allegations surfaced. His son Papa was one of three people banned for life by the IAAF for helping Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova avoid punishment for doping - with it alleged that money was channeled through the same Black Tidings account. Papa Diack has claimed he had not received any money from the Tokyo bid team. "I haven't got any money," he told Kyodo News from Senegal's capital Dakar, where he remains in hiding due to an Interpol warrant for his arrest. "Let them investigate...I have nothing to hide. "I've been in this sports business for 25 years - I know the rules." He admitted to having been friends with Tan, who was thought to have a key role in international athletics, since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but claims he had no awareness of his involvement in Tokyo 2020. Shinzō Abe (right) pictured with Lamine Diack at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires at which Tokyo was awarded the Games ©Getty Images Lamine Diack's son Papa Moussata, has criticised the allegations ©Getty ImagesShinzō Abe (right) pictured with Lamine Diack at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires at which Tokyo was awarded the Games ©Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has vowed to cooperate with the ongoing French investigation into an alleged bribe paid by Tokyo 2020 during their successful bid to land the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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The design for the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Dick Pound said it would be impossible to take the Games away from the city: ‘Once you’ve jumped down the hole you can’t go back’ Photograph: Japan Sport Council/EPA

• French prosecutors investigating payments from Tokyo 2020 bid
• ‘We would not try to discourage them from where the trail led,’ says Pound

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Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, today wasted no time in signalling that a significant revamp of the winning Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic project is probably in the offing.

Barely was the ink dry on the Host City contract - indeed, it may well have been still wet - when Bach intervened in a media conference to point out that the Chinese capital now had the “opportunity to benefit from” the IOC’s recently-enacted Olympic Agenda 2020 reform programme.

“It is a little bit like the situation of Tokyo in 2020,” the IOC President observed.

“We are ready to work closely with Beijing.”

If the changes to Beijing’s much-criticised blueprint are anything like as profound as those made, and planned, to the Japanese capital’s Summer Olympic and Paralympic intentions as compared with the original bid book, then the transformation from what Chinese bid leaders have so far outlined would be pretty sweeping.

The IOC is so far claiming to have made $1.7 billion (£1.1 billion/€1.5 billion) of savings by encouraging wholesale changes to Tokyo’s original venue plan through making greater use of pre-existing and further-flung facilities.

Outside criticism of Beijing’s proposals has focused on the large distance between Games zones and limited snowfall, obliging planners to countenance deployment of artificial snow-making systems, provoking what bid officials described as “minimal environmental impact”.

The tightness of Beijing’s four-vote winning margin - after a re-vote forced by technical issues - suggests strongly that this criticism gained plenty of traction among IOC members.

Bach’s comments were sparked by insidethegames' question to the victorious Beijing team to which Beijing 2022 director Zhang Li responded that “we are keen to improve the current preliminary plans we have”, adding: “Our chief goal is the best Games in 2022.”

Sports Minister Liu Peng, who is also President of the Chinese Olympic Committee, chipped in as well, talking of “a competition between equals and a friendly competition.

“I think this close victory is a good thing: we must learn from Almaty to improve our own work,” Liu said.

Bach reacted testily when asked whether the problems with voting might be indicative that the process was in some way rigged.

“This is a pretty unfair question,” the IOC President maintained.

“Obviously there were technical issues.

“If then the scrutineers decide to be on the very safe side, to have a new vote and to have it on a ballot paper, this speaks for itself.”


Baseball and softball, karate, squash, bowling, roller sports, climbing, surfing and wushu are the eight sports nominated for the next stage of the application process to be added to the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it has been announced this morning.

The decision, compiled from a list of 26 applicants, was made today following a meeting of the Tokyo's 2020 Additional Events Programme Panel in the Japanese capital chaired by the head of imaging giants Canon Fujio Mitarai.

The list holds few surprises, with baseball and softball long seen as the favourites to be restored to the Olympic programme follow their exclusion after Beijing 2008.

Squash, karate, roller sports, wushu and sport climbing, meanwhile, all applied in the initial inclusion process ultimately won by wrestling in 2013 following the controversial decision to axed them after Rio 2016 before a campaign was launched to

Surfing is included following an extensive marketing campaign, while bowling is the least expected addition, benefiting from its increased profile at other major multi-sport events such as the Asian Games.

Those 18 that have been unsuccessful consist of  air sports, american football, bowls, bridge, chess, dancesport, floorball, flying disc, korfball, netball, orienteering, polo, racquetball, snooker, sumo, tug of war, underwater sports and water skiing.

All eight federations will now progress to a second stage of the application process, which will include the submission of further details by July 22 before Briefings to organisers due to take place in Tokyo on August 7 and 8.

An unspecified number will then be proposed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in September, before a final decision is due to made by its membership at its Session in Rio de Janeiro in August of next year.

New sports must be a "driving force to promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal", it has been explained, while they must also "engage the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision".

No details have been released about the contents of each Federations applications, with no more information expected until September.

A major question considers the contents of roller skating's application, and whether it includes the discipline of skateboarding, which has been widely muted as a contender.

But it was not eligible to apply because neither of the Federations who recognise it - the International Skateboarding Federation or the World Skateboarding Federation - are recognised by the IOC.

But, although the International Roller Skating Federation has said it is unable to provide further details at this stage, insidethegames understands that skateboarding and speed skating are the two disciplines suggested.

If successful, this is a move which would bear comparison with the integration of snowboarding within the International Ski Federation ahead of its Winter Olympic inclusion at Nagano 1998.


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