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According to the Associated Press, the French National Financial Procuratorate confirmed on November 11 that the French side had formally launched an investigation into
the alleged bribery and solicitation of tickets by the Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Henghe Takeda, when he bid for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
It is reported that the French National Financial Procuratorate launched a formal investigation on the alleged bribery of Zhutian
Henghe in order to win the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games on Dec. 10 last year, but the French National Financial Procuratorate did not disclose more details of the case.
On the other hand, Zhutian Henghe denied some media reports that he had been prosecuted by the French side. He said on the 11th that he only cooperated with the French in
vestigation in December last year and denied that he had acted improperly in the process of bidding for the Olympic Games.
According to Kyodo News Agency, in September 2013, the
International Olympic Committee announced that Tokyo had the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
Before and after the successful bid, Japan remitted two sums to the account of a Singapore consulting company.
The total amount is about 2.8 million Singapore dollars (about 13.99 million yuan) under the title of “Tokyo Summer Olympic Games Bid”. The account is related to the son o
f Diak, former president of the International Athletics Federation. When Tokyo’s bid was successful, Diak was also a member of the International Olympic Committee.
It was influential and was subsequently investigated for other bribery issues. Hiroshi Takeda was questioned by the Japanese judiciary
in 2017 for the money. The Japanese Olympic Committee also acknowledged the remittance, but insisted that the money was a “legal consultation fee”.
At present, the IOC and the French judiciary are paying close attention to the progress of the incident, and relevant investigations are under way.