The head of the Japanese Olympic Committee has announced he will step down when his term expires in June.
JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda is under formal investigation by French authorities for his role in alleged bribery in connection with Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.
The leading candidate for new president of the Japanese Olympic Committee appears to be Senior Executive Board Member Yasuhiro Yamashita.
Yamashita won a gold medal in men's judo in the open-weight category at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He is favored to be the next president by many on the JOC and the Tokyo Games organizing committee.
The president of the Japanese Olympic Committee is expected to announce his intention to resign at Tuesday's JOC board meeting. Sources say he will resign when his current term expires in June.
Tsunekazu Takeda has been facing corruption allegations in France in connection with Tokyo's successful bid for the 2020 Olympics. He headed the bidding committee.
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.
A senior official of the Japanese Olympic Committee has defended president Tsunekazu Takeda over allegations of corruption, saying he should remain president when Tokyo hosts the 2020 Olympics.
In an interview with NHK, JOC Secretary General Eisuke Hiraoka said Takeda has fallen victim to a personal attack, despite following due procedures as committee president when bidding to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games .
The chief of the Japanese Olympic Committee will hold a news conference on Tuesday to address allegations of his involvement in a corruption scandal.
French prosecutors are investigating JOC President Tsunekazu Takeda for suspected bribery in relation to Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.