Pool/AFP/File / Issei Kato Japan's Olympic Minister, Toshiaki Endo, pictured following his appointment by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo, in June 2015
Pool/AFP/File / Issei Kato Japan's Olympic Minister, Toshiaki Endo, pictured following his appointment by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo, in June 2015

“We will further work to confirm facts,” top Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told a regular press conference, citing the French investigation.

Pool/AFP/File / Issei Kato Japan's Olympic Minister, Toshiaki Endo, pictured following his appointment by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo, in June 2015
Pool/AFP/File / Issei Kato
Japan’s Olympic Minister, Toshiaki Endo, pictured following his appointment by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo, in June 2015

Olympic Minister Toshiaki Endo also told journalists that the government’s Sports Agency will speak to officials from the Tokyo metropolitan government and the Japanese Olympic Committee.

However, Suga and Endo both said they were confident that no wrongdoing occurred, based on previous declarations by officials.

French investigators on Thursday said they suspect that $2 million paid to a son of disgraced former world athletics supremo Lamine Diack was intended to win support for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics bid.

Source:Tokyo (AFP)

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