International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori attend a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: Carl CourtPhoto via AP
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IOC chief Bach says Tokyo bid payments to former Dentsu exec did not break rules

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By Antoni Slodkowski

International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said on Monday no IOC rules were infringed by payments in 2013 and 2014 totalling more than $8 million from the Tokyo Olympic bid committee to an executive of the Tokyo organising committee.

Reuters revealed in March that Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive of advertising agency Dentsu Inc, was paid the money by Tokyo's bid panel for undisclosed activities.

"With regard to Mr Takahashi, we received confirmation that there was no infringement on the IOC rules," said Bach, who is visiting Japan to inspect preparations for the Olympics, delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic..

Takahashi had told Reuters his work included lobbying IOC members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, to whom he gave gifts such as digital cameras and a Seiko watch.

Takahashi said he was paid through his company, Commons Inc, for "wining and dining" people who could further Tokyo’s bid, and for marketing and other activities related to Tokyo’s Olympic campaign.

Takahashi now sits on the board of the organizing committee of the Games.

In its reporting, Reuters cited banking records provided by Japan to French prosecutors as part of their investigation into whether Tokyo’s bid committee paid $2.3 million through a Singapore consultant to win Diack’s support for Japan to host the 2020 Games.

Responding to queries about the Tokyo bid committee's past payments to the Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute, the head of the institute, Yoshiro Mori, who is also the president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, said he was not directly involved in its finances.

"It's true that I am the president of that organisation, but I wasn't directly involved in the handling of the finances," said Mori, who was seated next to Bach at a news conference in the Japanese capital.

He added that he did not know about the roughly $1.3 million the institute received from the bid and could not comment.

Bach said the matter was an "internal affair" of the organizing committee.

Reuters had reported that the non-profit had only one staffer, who said the institute used the money to hire consultants to support Tokyo's campaign.

The institute’s website does not list any activities explicitly linked to the bid. The staffer said she did not know why the institute, and not the bid, hired the consultants.

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LOL, "broke no IOC rule". That's what a pig says when its snout is in the trough.

28 ( +31 / -3 )

Ahhh well when you make your own rules, conduct your own investigations, have “wining and dining” as a real expense, refer to bribing as “lobbying for control”...

This is one hilariously guilty article!

26 ( +28 / -2 )

The extent of the Japanese government's bribery to secure the Games will never be uncovered.

31 ( +32 / -1 )

I guess there are no IOC rules against briding people... of course they are going to cover their own butt.... get someone outside of the IOC to say whether it was ethical or not.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Mori is almost 100 and still cannot properly wear a mask.

17 ( +19 / -2 )

Obviously not, how could we have possibly thought that that under the table payment was against any IOC rules!!! How stupid of us!!!!

17 ( +17 / -0 )

ARTHUR: "He's making it up as he goes along."

from Monty Python's 'Life of Brian'

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Is bribery not one of the new sports added to the Olympics this year at the behest of Japan? They are sure to take gold in it!

15 ( +15 / -0 )

how could we have possibly thought that that under the table payment was against any IOC rules!!

It's not against any IOC rules. Quite the opposite. It's a requirement by IOC charter, actually.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Just when you think this scumbag can't sink any lower, he surprises you.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Mori's statement that he didn't know about the $1.3 million his institute received disqualifies him as being either a liar, incompetent or both. You can bet that anyone at the head of an organization would damn well know the details of that sort of income, and if they didn't, then they're outright incompetent and I wouldn't trust them to run a mom 'n pop grocery store.

19 ( +19 / -0 )

I still do not understand why the Japanese government insists opening the Olympic next year. I think the government should focus on holding down the pandemic. If the government fails to contain the pandemic until the Olympic, the Suga government will fall.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Takahashi had told Reuters his work included lobbying IOC members such as Lamine Diack, the ex-Olympics powerbroker, to whom he gave gifts such as digital cameras and a Seiko watch.

Whose money is being used for this bribery?

Thsts right, you guessed it...

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Whose money is being used for this bribery?

Thsts right, you guessed it...

Surely it's money out of Takahashi's own pocket and not at the taxpayer's expense. Japan has a squeaky clean history with these matters and would never sink to that level of depravity.

;)

11 ( +11 / -0 )

So bribery is legal under IOC rule?

The floodgate has opened, let the highest briber be the winner of future Olympic hostings.

Why do I get the feeling that the Olympics will only be hosted in China from now on since no one can out bribe the CCP?

11 ( +11 / -0 )

IOC investigates IOC and finds IOC not guilty.

In the language of the founder of the modern Olympics and the IOC, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who must surely have been rolling in his grave so often in recent times that his gravesite must look like a major earthworks...

"Quelle surprise".

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Smelly, kusai, smelly, kusai!

10 ( +10 / -0 )

The floodgate has opened, let the highest briber be the winner of future Olympic hostings.

There are fewer and fewer cities/countries who want to the Olympics. None of them in the past 20 years has brought any benefit to their host cities. Tokyo will certainly not buck (or Bach) this trend.

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The extent of the Japanese government's bribery to secure the Games will never be uncovered.

France tried a legal prosecution but for some strange reason it fissiled out? Even though there is conclusive proof...

I want Abe to stand in front of the world, on live TV, to apologize for saying “Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is totally under control”.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

In business wheels must be greased and the Japanese have a traditional grease from toad sweat, a creature whose name in Japanese suggests "come back and "see you again", the same unsubtle message conveyed no less delicately by $8 million. When in Rome... it's just bizness as usual.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

That closes the circle.

It's been too much bribes that it cannot be stopped.

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Mori's statement that he didn't know about the $1.3 million his institute received disqualifies him as being either a liar, incompetent or both. You can bet that anyone at the head of an organization would damn well know the details of that sort of income,

Especially since the "Institute" only consists of one staffer. That surely is a legit entity and not an amakudari shell money pitt....yep, all legit. TIJ.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

"With regard to Mr Takahashi, we received confirmation that there was no infringement on the IOC rules," said Bach..

Or to put it in Bach's native tongue...

Zehr ist nichts to zee hier volks!

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Next time I steal money and get caught, I'll make sure I'm the judge and jury.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

This does nothing to help whatever small peas of reputation are left in the IOC. For the 2022 winter games they could only get Beijing and a city in Kazakhstan interested. Paris and LA after that only because of local resources.

The "Olympic movement" disappeared a long long time ago and can no longer meet the accounting principles in established democracies

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Mori seems so full of energy....great choice for the J-Olympic commitee boss.

"With regard to Mr Takahashi, we received confirmation that there was no infringement on the IOC rules," said Bach

Who provided the said " confirmation ".... Takahashi and Mori? All is good then.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Utterly contemptible and corrupt through and through.

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Whoa, hold back there tiger ........

Reuters revealed in March that Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive of advertising agency Dentsu Inc, was paid the money by Tokyo's bid panel for undisclosed activities.

"undisclosed activities"?........

"With regard to Mr Takahashi, we received confirmation that there was no infringement on the IOC rules," said Bach.

So it follows, International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach must explain fully what "undisclosed activities" contributed, so to exonerate, thus in so being result in conformation of no infringement!!

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Let me rephrase this for ya'll:

"Rich corrupt guy says bribery for other rich guys is not wrong!"

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Whi can forget the 2010 World Cup hosting fiasco of selecting 2018 n 2022 host? Now it seems that Olympic is doing the same..Corrupt as usual.Boycott this Olympic as we're in the middle of the pandemic crisis..

4 ( +4 / -0 )

The question is whether they broke the law...

2 ( +3 / -1 )

God damn crony capitalism!

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Mori seems so full of energy....great choice for the J-Olympic commitee boss.

He doesn't look a day older than 95.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Of course not, that whole circus consists only of payments instead of sports.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

when reading 'news' stories, including this one, it's amazing how often Mandy Rice-Davies famous words come to mind as fitting:

IOC chief Bach says Tokyo bid payments to former Dentsu exec did not break rules

"well he would wouldn't he?"

(^_-)

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The head of Toyota makes 1.8 million a year, but he actually has a job.

The Olympics should be held at the most exclusive athletic & country clubs in the world and only the richest and most powerful allowed to attend. Since they are akin to gladiatorial contests, maybe the Coliseum in Rome. With the athletes luxuriating in splendid accommodations, kept like valuable equines or pampered pets.

The absurdity of The Games, with its obvious bribery and corruption alongside with all the doped-up and enhanced athletes reflects the true Spirit of the Games. That political honchos and members of the elite in the sports industry are willing to risk the health and welfare of the citizens of Japan, exhibits a callousness and cynicism that seem attendant to the manor born.

Planning an Olympic Games during a plague. Speaks volumes for those in charge. Thumbs up. Thumbs down. Bread and circuses for the peasants. Riches for the corrupt elite and their henchmen.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

At this point, Japanese taxpayers are just Dentsu’s livestock.

All the stimulus and bailouts have large amount of money going to Dentsu. Olympics takes priority over covid control so Dentsu can make more money. The Japanese government pretty much is just another division of Dentsu with sole purpose of maximizing Dentsu’s profit.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

So third party bribery is perfectly acceptable.

The bid committee can't bribe the IOC executives directly, but if they give money to a third party who then give gifts and other forms of 'bribe', then it's perfectly OK.

Got it.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I believe 'em and I'm willing to pony up my retirement stash to help in their defense if necessary. That Ghosn fella is definitely guilty of his charges but Dentsu is not, though.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

"Hey look, I can watch myself watching myself on infinite TVs. I win!!!!"

0 ( +0 / -0 )

 If the government fails to contain the pandemic until the Olympic, the Suga government will fall.

The government will never fail.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The mainstream J-media is maintaining it's self imposed silence and didn't mention this in the news.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

At IOC

Rule nr 1. do not get caught

Rule nr 2. If you do get caught say you are innocent and know nothing

rule nr 3. If you get caught i don’t remember you and you don’t know me.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Well, as long as Bach says it alright.

BTW help yourselves to whatever is left of my taxes lads; just...whatever you'd like. Merry Christmas.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I believe Mori-san, he has a very honest face.

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Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori is a dedicated and honorable man.

Misguided on occasions, however committed and devoted to the Tokyo Olympics  

Can the same be said of the motivations of International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Back, with all the vested interests in play?

Nope ....

0 ( +1 / -1 )

"In other late breaking news, the Fox reports "all is well" at the hen house."

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A single huge payment in any form to any single company that cannot be explained clearly to the public in a so called democratic community is already a admission of guilt no matter, who says what.

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