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Takeda corruption probe sullies 2020 Tokyo Olympics and IOC

Jan. 15, 2019 3:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body. Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions from...

Probe of IOC's Takeda hangs over Tokyo Olympics

Jan. 12, 2019 5:03 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation,...

Stockholm meets deadline to submit bid for 2026 Olympics

Jan. 11, 2019 10:21 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Olympic leaders met a deadline Friday to submit a 2026 Winter Games hosting plan after satisfying concerns of lawmakers in Stockholm which threatened to end the bid last year. The official name of the bid is now "Stockholm Are 2026," with Alpine skiing events taking place in the...

IOC marketing chair from Japan investigated for corruption

Jan. 11, 2019 10:17 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — In the latest blow to the International Olympic Committee's efforts to rid itself of scandal, marketing head Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Takeda, who is also the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal...

French prosecutors' office: IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda placed under formal investigation for alleged corruption

Jan. 11, 2019 4:20 AM EST
PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors' office: IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda placed under formal investigation for alleged corruption.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: domestic sponsorships up, budget same

Dec. 21, 2018 1:38 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics say they have secured another $1 million in domestic sponsorships and that the operating budget for the games remains at $5.6 billion. The organizing committee, announcing its third version of the operating budget, said Friday "as with the previous...

IOC warns Olympic boxing in deeper trouble than AIBA claims

Dec. 19, 2018 10:58 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC has told Olympic bodies not to trust a recent claim by the president of amateur boxing's governing body that the sport's worst problems are over. Writing to 206 national Olympic bodies, the IOC says a Dec. 5 letter from AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov to boxing officials...

Salt Lake City bids for 2nd Olympics in changed climate

Dec. 18, 2018 8:42 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favors seemed commonplace. Salt Lake City got caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the plans for the...

Salt Lake City gets go-ahead to bid for Winter Olympics

Dec. 14, 2018 8:52 PM EST

Salt Lake City got the green light to bid for the Winter Olympics — most likely for 2030 — in an attempt to bring the Games back to the city that hosted in 2002 and provided the backdrop for the U.S. winter team's ascendance into an international powerhouse. The U.S. Olympic Committee said Friday it...

English officials question Rakhimov role as boxing president

Dec. 7, 2018 1:06 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — England's boxing federation has urged the troubled International Boxing Association's president to question his position to help avoid expulsion from the Tokyo Olympics. In a letter to AIBA president Gafur Rakhimov, England Boxing tells the alleged heroin trafficker "it is time for you...