Joc Elects Yamashita As New Chief

JOC elects Yamashita as new chief

The Japanese Olympic Committee has elected Olympic judo gold medalist Yasuhiro Yamashita as its new president.

Yamashita assumed the post at a JOC meeting on Thursday. Professional tennis player Tsuyoshi Fukui is the new secretary general.

The two will work with 25 other new JOC executive members who were appointed on the same day.

Yamashita took over from Tsunekazu Takeda, who stepped down at a JOC council meeting on Thursday as his 10th term expires this month.

He resigned following allegations of bribery brought against a Tokyo bidding committee he headed for the 2020 Summer Games.

Takeda declined to comment on the bribery allegations when he met reporters after the JOC meeting. He said he has no regrets about leaving before the 2020 Games because it's a decision he made by himself.

It is almost unheard of for the president of a national Olympic committee to be replaced barely a year before a country is to host the Games.

Yamashita will be taking up the challenge of repairing whatever damage has been done to the Tokyo Games by the bribery allegations involving the former JOC president, who headed the organization for 18 years.

Yamashita won a gold medal for judo at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.