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JOC gets new leader in wake of Tokyo Olympic bribery scandal

JOC gets new leader in wake of Tokyo Olympic bribery scandal

TOKYO (AP) — A former gold medalist has been elected to lead the Japanese Olympic Committee, which is mired in a scandal that forced the former president to step aside in an alleged vote-buying scheme to land next year's Tokyo Games.

Yasuhiro Yamashita was chosen Thursday to take over for Tsunekazu Takeda, who announced earlier this year he would step down at the end of his term. He also resigned from the International Olympic Committee, where he was the head of the powerful marketing commission.

Takeda, who led the JOC for almost two decades, has denied the corruption allegations that are being pursued by French investigators.

Yamashita won gold in judo at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and is one of Japan's most famous athletes. He is likely to be elevated to an IOC membership with the Tokyo Olympics opening in 13 months. He is also president of the All Japan Judo Federation.

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Updated : 2021-03-06 13:54 GMT+08:00