Media has reported that the bid team made payments totaling
more than $2 million to a Singapore bank account linked to Papa
Massata Diack, son of disgraced former international athletics
chief Lamine Diack.
The investigative group, consisting of two lawyers and a
certified public accountant, will hold its first meeting on
Thursday, the JOC added.
Questions have centered on a Singaporean company called Black
Tidings and Ian Tan Tong Han, a friend of the younger Diack who
controlled the account to which the payments were made, media
Tsunekazu Takeda, head of the Tokyo bidding committee, said
earlier this month that payments "mentioned in the media" were
paid for services received from Tan's company, a fee that was
Tokyo, which beat Istanbul and Madrid to host the Games 2013,
has been embarrassed by a number of setbacks since then,
including its governor quitting after being embroiled in a
funding scandal and the scrapping of the design for the
centerpiece Olympic stadium.
Last month, it finally chose a new games logo after the previous
one was withdrawn due to plagiarism allegations.
(Reporting by Elaine Lies, editing by Nick Mulvenney)
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