Japanese Olympic Committee clears Tokyo bid leaders of illegal activity

Inquiry says £1.7m paid to Black Tidings consultancy was legitimate and not linked to winning bid to host 2020 Games

Officials who led Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics have been cleared of any illegal activity by a Japanese investigation, following revelations that the city had paid more than $2m to a company linked to the son of the disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack.

A report published on Thursday by an independent panel appointed by the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said the $2.3m (£1.74m) payment to Black Tidings, a Singapore-based consultancy, was legitimate and had been made in return for consulting services.

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