Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda looks on while addressing the media after JOC board of directors meeting in Tokyo, Japan, March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, is resigning amid a bribery scandal that investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics.Takeda is also a powerful International Olympic Committee member and the head of its marketing commission. He holds the IOC spot by virtue of the Japanese presidency.The favorite to replace Takeda is Yasuhiro Yamashita, a judo gold medalist in the 1984 Olympics.Dentsu has acknowledged it advised the Japanese bid committee about bid consultants just before the IOC vote in 2013 .IOC President Thomas Bach, speaking in December in Tokyo and standing alongside Takeda, described the games as "the best prepared" in history.
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