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Japanese Olympic Committee investigation team to hold first meeting

first_imgThe trio, made up of two lawyers and a certified public accountant but whose names have not yet revealed, will investigate a transaction from the Bid Committee totalling $2 million (£1.3 million/€1.7 million) which has allegedly-corrupt implications.It is thought the payment was made in two installments in 2013 before Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires.The controversy has surfaced as Black Tidings has ties to Papa Massata Diack, son of disgraced former International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack.French police are now studying the payments, made to Black Tidings head Ian Tan Tong Han, as part of their investigation into the disgraced Diack family, who are accused of using the same account to channel money received in return for covering up failed doping tests in athletics.JOC President and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda yesterday claimed the payment was deemed “necessary” by the Bid Committee.He admitted he was the one to sign off on the transactions but denied any implications of wrongdoing, though he has refused to explain them in detail, claiming he is bound by confidentiality.The JOC chief believes it was “done by the book” and was supposedly for consultancy work the company carried out.An investigation is also being conducted by Tokyo 2020, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has already vowed to fully co-operate with.Abe was a staunch advocate of the Japanese capital securing the hosting rights for the Games and met with Diack and other key officials during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013 when Tokyo was announced as the 2020 host.The IOC, keen to seen to be active in dealing with a problem which could represent the worse crisis since the Salt Lake City corruption scandal in 2002, have also insisted they will work alongside any investigation.They claim they will “continue to work to shed light on the matter”.last_img read more


AB de Villiers’ counter helps steady South Africa

first_imgSHARE South Africa win toss, opt to bat in first test vs India South Africa reach 65-2 against India at stumps RELATED Published on January 05, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL × COMMENTcenter_img Former captain AB de Villiers negated Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s terrific first spell with a counter-attacking half-century as South Africa reached 107 for 3 at lunch on the opening day of the first cricket Test.After Bhuvneshwar (3/39 in 9 overs) wreaked havoc reducing South Africa to 12 for 3 inside the fifth over, De Villiers (59 batting) and skipper Faf du Plessis (37 batting) added 95 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket to steady the ship.De Villiers was in his element as he hit as many 11 boundaries in 65 balls while Du Plessis also showed positive intent hitting seven fours in 67 balls after opting to make first use of the wicket.Bhuvneshwar got India off to a rollicking start as he took three wickets in the first three overs. He had Dean Elgar (0) caught behind off the third ball of the match. An over later, he trapped Aiden Markram (5) lbw with a sharp inswinger. The ever-dependable Hashim Amla (3) too was caught behind off the Meerut speedster as his first spell figures read 3–1–5–3.De Villiers then led South Africa’s recovery as the duo batted out the remainder of the challenging first hour. They looked to counter attack the bowling with the former taking 17 runs off one Bhuvneshwar over. In doing so, they brought up the 50-partnership for the 4th wicket off only 63 balls. There was a chance from Du Plessis off Mohammed Shami (0–33) in the 17th over but it bounced just short of skipper Virat Kohli at second slip.Debutant Jasprit Bumrah (0–31), who was preferred over seasoned Ishant Sharma, came on as first change and purchased awkward bounce at times off the pitch. He troubled both batsmen in his first spell but was unable to make the breakthrough that India desired.Thereafter, De Villiers brought up his 41st Test half-century off only 55 balls, inclusive of 10 fours. The milestone came off a cut shot off Shami’s bowling. This helped the run-rate as well, crossing four-runs per over mark in the last 30 minutes of the first session.Bhuvneshwar came back from another spell towards the end of the session, but he was not able to separate the two batsmen. Hardik Pandya (0–1) bowled an over before lunch as South Africa crossed 100 in the 26th over. null sport cricket Bhuvneshwar Kumar rocks top-order COMMENTS 0last_img read more