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Japanese Olympic chief Takeda resigns amid bribery scandal

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World Cup Soccer and the Olympics.... seems like it might be pretty dirty business at the top levels.

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"I have not done anything wrong"..."because we don't consider passing fat brown envelopes to be bad."

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The IOC family protect their own, as this is the way to getting lucrative payoffs, perks, positions and power.

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He said his decision was based on getting "a younger generation" to lead the Japanese Olympic body.

Yasuhiro Yamashita is 61... I guess maybe in Japan that might be considered a ‘younger generation’

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Olympics, elite colleges, professional sports teams scamming cities for subsidies; there's nothing sacred or immune to corruption in life, and especially in organizations with major stakes riding on events. No entity - including the religious - should be sacrosanct; maybe there are some that are blameless, but none come to mind.

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About time!

But he will continue until June, cashing in some more ......

Besides that, the as always answers: "Didn't do notin' wrong. I am sorry. I feel bad."

Most definitely none of this. He got it made and will survive.

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Resigned? Or forced out? Gotta love the skilled level of corruption in good ol'nippon

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Surely Mr Takeda has a duty to explain a 2000000 dollar payment?

Who would have thought that the Tokyo Olympics could have been decided with bribes?

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Japan bribed to get the Nagano games(remember all the destroyed paperwork!!)

Ditto for 2020, corruption reigns!

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The IOC and Japan are so corrupt it is unreal.

The plebs in Japan really get walked over by Japan Inc.

This guy,because of his blue blood however diluted it might be,is virtually untouchable just like the other ‘elite’ politicians,bureaucrats and company executives.

Until the proletariat wake up and do something about it nothing will change.

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@GW

Let me add a bit more detail to your post.

Japan (and every other hosts) bribed to get ... games.

Take away lesson is, choose your consultants wisely, never do the deed yourself if you can get a third party, fourth party to do it.

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It took time didn't it? Just like politicians, these old fogeys want to stay in the job for life regardless.

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Anyone going to jail?

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kurisupisuToday 08:53 am JSTSurely Mr Takeda has a duty to explain a 2000000 dollar payment?

Who would have thought that the Tokyo Olympics could have been decided with bribes?

It was the same way with the 1996 Summer Olympics. On the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympics you would've thought they'd be held in Athens but nooooooo! They were held in Atlanta instead, due to bribes. On top of that, the hot humid weather during those 2 weeks was oppressive to the max, and the TV network (ABC) covering the Games featured chatterbox reporters who covered ONLY American medal ceremonies, the American athletes were arrogant ('Only the gold will do!') and the stink of jingoism pervaded the air (it was a Presidential election year to boot).  I call that the 'Egolympics', I was so disgusted and sickened by it all.

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I have not done anything wrong," he said. "I will continue to do my best to clear my name."

I am sorry I have upset the society ahead of the Tokyo Olympics," he said, speaking to about 100 reporters in the JOC's small boardroom.

Well which is it? If you've not done anything wrong why would you apologize to upsetting the society? Doesn't pass the smell test.

"I feel bad about that."

AAAWWWWWWW.

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We'll win the gold medal for scandals and fake bow apologies this year alone.

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So many of these functionaries at the top of sports bodies are to some degree corrupt.  The money in sport is too excessive for it to be otherwise.  Plus they are largely talentless hacks.

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Regrettable

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Follow the money, this guy clearly doesn't have 2 million just sitting around, ASO the finance minister would have had to sign off on the payment... Aso clearly is guilty!

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He said his decision was based on getting "a younger generation" to lead the Japanese Olympic body.

Ohhhhhh. So actually, he's a hero? What a selfless display of leadership.

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Do they have a gold medal for corruption?

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Was that first photo taken in 1972?

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30 people there doing what now?

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"I have not done anything wrong... I'm resigning because I'm innocent."

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smithinjapanMar. 20 04:08 pm JST"I have not done anything wrong... I'm resigning because I'm innocent."

Of course! This is no admission of guilt, he just - ahem, cough! cough!, just wants to 'spend more time with his family'. Yeah, that's it.

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However the witnesses, African representatives, also received huge donations from China over and over again. His allegations were totally rejected at the Olympic Committee, who loves racism for anti-Japan, by donations and lobbying of China and Korea because Takeda was a former member of the Imperial Family. No one examines his claim, trying to sanction him with just one scammer's testimony. And it was said to be reprisal for the arrest of Carlos Ghosn by French gov.

After all, no one could provide evidence about his injustice. This is usual racism of IOC that targets only Japan.

IOC always rewrites their rules to favor players of White and their minion states' every time Japanese player makes a new record in swimming, ski jumping, track and field, figure skating and judo. It has been repeated for over 50 years. Should we have to give way to racists' harassment again?

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