The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda has informed his associates that he will step down, in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympics. Informed sources told NHK that Takeda has already communicated his intention to retire.
Takeda has been in hot water since allegations surfaced he was involved in bribery in connection with Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games. An investigating judge in France has been looking into whether to bring Takeda to trial since December last year.
Takeda has consistently claimed his innocence. But pressure is mounting on him both home and abroad as the International Olympic Committee is concerned about any adverse effects the scandal could have on the upcoming Games.
The Japanese Olympic Committee is to convene a meeting of its executive board on Tuesday. The sources say Takeda may mention his decision at this meeting.