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> Tokyo won the 2020 Olympic bid fair and square. Those are the words of Japanese politician Yoshihide Suga on Thursday amid new allegations of corruption at the Olympics. The Guardian newspaper reporting a seven figure payment of about $1.5 million was apparently made by Japan's Olympic bid team to a secret bank account in Singapore.
That account is tied to a man named Papa Massata Diack, the son of Lamine Diack, who was a member of the IOC in 2013 when Tokyo beat Istanbul in Madrid to win the game. Besides his IOC job Diack was also president of global athletics governing body the IAAF.
But he stepped down last year after accusations he had accepted huge bribes. He's now living in France, not allowed to leave, while authorities look into the IAAF corruption claims. Earlier this year investigators started looking into past Olympic bidding races as well. That's apparently how the Singapore bank account, and the payments, were brought to light.
The IOC says that it's now in touch with French authorities over the matter. Any whiff of scandal could be hugely embarrassing for the Olympic organizer, which has been making a lot of noise about transparency and credibility. As scandal after scandal rocks the world of sports.