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IOC has not discussed bribery allegations with Tokyo 2020, says Coates

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 00:31

International Olympic Committee Vice-President John Coates says he did not discuss the bribery allegations with the local organising committee in relation to Tokyo winning the rights to host the 2020 Olympic Games during the IOC's latest visit to Japan.

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RESENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT International Olympic Committee Vice-President John Coates says he did not discuss the bribery allegations with the local organising committee in relation to Tokyo winning the rights to host the 2020 Olympic Games during the IOC's latest visit to Japan. SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (JANUARY 22, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, VICE PRESIDENT, JOHN COATES, SAYING: "We did not discuss it with this organising committee. The position is that the IOC has requested the transcript related to that commentary in the second report. It hasn't been received, nothing further has been received. I didn't see the president Bach's letter to them or his communication. I imagine he would like it as soon as possible but nothing has been forthcoming." STORY: The International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates said on Friday (January 22) there were no further developments or information regarding a report that suggested around $5 million of sponsorship money may have been a factor in swaying former IAAF president Lamine Diack to vote for Tokyo rather than Istanbul. The report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission, which was released earlier this month, says bidding for every major world championship since 2009 may have been corrupt. "We did not discuss it with this organising committee. The position is that the IOC has requested the transcript related to that commentary in the second report. It hasn't been received, nothing further has been received. I didn't see the president Bach's letter to them or his communication. I imagine he would like it as soon as possible but nothing has been forthcoming," International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates said in response to a journalist's question during a news conference in Tokyo. Coates is the head of the IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020 which was in Japan for the fifth project review. At the same news conference, Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori said they were making good progress on planning for the Olympic Games. The IOC's assessment on Friday was that Tokyo's preparations for the 2020 Summer Games couldn't be better despite embarrassments such as scrapping its logo and delays in building its centrepiece stadium. The mishaps have blackened Japan's image as a place that can get things done, a reputation that helped it win hosting rights for the games over Madrid and Istanbul in 2013. Japan in December selected a stadium design by architect Kengo Kuma to replace original plans dropped last year, an unusual move in response to growing public anger over soaring costs. The decision sparked anger among rugby officials, since the venue had been set to host key matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Coates said that work on the $1.3 billion stadium would begin in November this year and be completed in November 2019, which he welcomed since this allows time for test events to be held before the Olympics start in 2020. Kuma said last week that engineers were looking into whether construction could be completed in time to host the 2019 World Cup final. Coates also said he was pleased with "the level of public engagement" in the selection process for a new Olympics logo and that he looked forward to the final decision, expected in several months. The original logo was scrapped after plagiarism accusations arose shortly after its July unveiling.

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IOC has not discussed bribery allegations with Tokyo 2020, says Coates

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 00:31