Tokyo 2020 bid leader questioned in Japan’s parliament

TOKYO (AP) — One of the leaders of Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics has told the Japanese parliament that he cannot reveal the details of a contract with a Singapore firm that has enmeshed the bid in accusations of bribery.

Tsunekazu Takeda said Tuesday the contract is confidential, so he cannot disclose it without the approval of the other party.

French prosecutors are investigating the apparent transfer of 2.8 million Singapore dollars ($2 million) to the Singapore account of a company called Black Tidings. The account holder has been closely tied to the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack, who is facing corruption charges.

Takeda described the payments last week as legitimate consulting fees for services that included bid planning, international lobbying advice and media analysis.

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