Japanese Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda answers a question during the lower house budget committee at the parliament in Tokyo on May 16, 2016.
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A Japanese official who led the successful bid for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics said Wednesday the Japanese Olympic Committee plans to investigate the bidding after questions were raised about payments by the bid committee.Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the JOC and leader of the successful effort to win the Summer Games, said people involved with the bid would be questioned.Opposition lawmakers have seized on the issue, saying that a Singaporean company called Black Tidings, into whose account the Guardian newspaper said the payment was made, was a paper company.Takeda said Monday he believed it was not a paper company.Asked about the allegations of payments by the Tokyo bid committee, IOC president Thomas Bach said Wednesday: "This is speculation.
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