Payment raises questions over Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid

Wednesday May 11th, 2016

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A suspicious payment made to a secret account is raising questions over Tokyo’s bid for the 2020 Olympics, reports The Guardian’s Owen Gibson.

The payment of nearly $1.5 million came from the bid team and was granted to an account with ties to the son of former world athletics chief Lamine Diack. It is suspected to have been made during the bidding process for the 2020 Olympics.

French police and the International Olympic Committee are currently investigating the matter.

The elder Diack resigned in November from his post as an IOC member amid allegations that he had accepted bribes to disguise positive doping tests of Russian athletes.

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The bid for the 2020 Olympics was awarded to Tokyo in 2013.

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