Japan panel finds nothing illegal in Tokyo Olympic bid
An independent panel commissioned by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) has found nothing illegal in a payment made to a Singapore consulting firm in connection with Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games.
A report by the panel released Thursday said a $2.8 million Singapore dollar (then $2.3 million) payment to the consultancy Black Tidings for bid planning services and lobbying advice in 2013 was legitimate.
The panel concluded that Tokyo bid executives had no knowledge of the link between the head of Black Tidings, Ian Tan Tong Han, and the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack, who is facing corruption charges in France.
"The investigation concludes that the contents and execution process of the payment are not in violation of any Japanese law," said lawyer Yoshihisa Hayakawa, who headed the panel. "Any violation of the IOC code of ethics also could not be found."