Ioc: Joc Chief Takeda Has Stepped Down

IOC: JOC chief Takeda has stepped down

The International Olympic Committee says the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, has stepped down as an IOC member.

IOC spokesperson Mark Adams said the IOC Executive Board recognized Takeda's resignation at a meeting held on Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Takeda is under formal investigation by French authorities for alleged bribery in connection with Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

At issue is a payment of more than 2-million dollars that a bid committee headed by Takeda made to a consulting firm in Singapore.

Takeda has denied any wrongdoing. But he announced last week that he will step down as JOC president when his term expires in June.

The IOC had been expressing strong concern over the corruption allegation.

But Adams said the Executive Board accepted Takeda's decision to step down with respect, and the IOC will not convene its ethics panel over the scandal. He stressed that Takeda enjoys the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

Takeda's departure leaves Japan with only one IOC member, Morinari Watanabe, who was chosen last October.