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TOKYO, 20 Jul – One of the former heads of the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Haruyuki Takahashi, is suspected of taking a bribe in the amount of 45 million yen (at the exchange rate at that time about 400 thousand dollars, at the current rate – about 330 thousand dollars), the Kyodo news agency reported.
The company, which was headed by Takahashi, received about 45 million yen from the sponsors of the Olympics – the men’s and office clothing company AOKI – under a consulting contract for about 45 million yen. Around the same time, AOKI received a contract to make official costumes for the committee and use Olympic symbols.
The director of the organizing committee, as a civil servant, according to the criminal code, does not have the right to receive remuneration for activities related to his work. This is also prohibited by the International Olympic Committee.
Takahashi denies his guilt, insisting that the nature of the consulting services concerned sports in general, and not the Olympics.