Tokyo: A senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) official said yesterday allegations of illegal payments to help Tokyo win the 2020 Games were being taken “very seriously” but insisted there would be no independent IOC probe.
John Coates, chairman of the IOC’s Tokyo 2020 coordination commission, welcomed the two separate investigations currently being conducted by French prosecutors and Japanese officials.
“The IOC takes the allegations in respect with the bid very seriously,” Coates told reporters in Tokyo. “We have a zero tolerance approach with regards to corruption in the bidding process.
“We are pleased that they’re being investigated at that level,” he added. “We share the same concerns as the Japanese public do about corruption, but we have decided we won’t conduct a parallel investigation.”
Controversy has once again cast a shadow over Japan’s preparations for the 2020 Games after French authorities launched an investigation into payments of $2-million allegedly paid into a Singapore bank account, said to have been given to the son of disgraced former athletics chief Lamine Diack.