Would US$5 million provide a little incentive for Japan to host the Olympics in 2020?

Lamine Diack
Lamine Diack

Just like the scandal that erupted in Qatar when that country was revealed  to have been offering financial incentives (bribes) to win the right to host the World Cup in 2022, it appears Japan has now entered into this murky area of offering bribes (financial incentives) to host the 2020 Olympics rather than Istanbul, Turkey. It appears to me that Lamine Diack is more of a mafia Don (more like a fixer), accepting the highest bid to influence his decision. Which leads to the question: how did a guy like Diack end up being the head of the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Association)? It was Lamine Diack, former chief of the IAAF, who extended the IAAF’s deal with the Japanese marketing giant Dentsu until 2029 without having to put it before the IAAF council.

"Papa" Massata Diack
“Papa” Massata Diack

Now it turns out, French prosecutors are further investigating the bidding for the 2020 Olympics with allegations Diack took US$5 million from Tokyo. This article appeared at The Guardian back in January but now French prosecutors have opened up an investigation into both the 2020 Olympics and the bidding for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It turns out that Lamine Diack had initially supported Istanbul’s bid for the 2020 games, but he “appears to have changed his mind after a Japanese sponsor signed a contract with the IAAF”. “Papa” Massata Diack also worked on Qatar’s bid to host the 2016 games. “Papa” Massata Diack is Lamine Diack’s son.
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Source: theguardian

Bidding process for 2020 Tokyo Olympics dragged into IAAF scandal

• Wada investigation reveals money may have influenced Lamine Diack’s vote
• Diack switched support from Istanbul to Tokyo after sponsorship payment

by Owen Gibson

January 15, 2016

Planned Olympic stadium in Tokyo 7.28.40 PMThe proposed main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The race to host the 2020 Games has been dragged into the ongoing IAAF scandal. Photograph: Japan Sport Council/EPA

The bidding process for the 2020 Olympics has been dragged into the IAAF scandal after Dick Pound’s Wada investigation revealed that $5m of sponsorship money may have been a factor in swaying Lamine Diack’s vote.

Inside the IAAF: who knew what and when

Pound’s independent commission examined transcripts that showed Diack dropped his support for Istanbul and switched to Tokyo after the Japanese city agreed to pay the sponsorship cash.

The commission also uncovered evidence that senior IAAF officials benefited personally from the decisions to award athletics’ world championships.

The commission’s report cites transcripts of conversations between Diack’s son Khalil and Turkish officials in relation to the 2020 Olympics.

It states: “Transcripts of the various discussions between Turkish individuals with KD [Khalil Diack] make reference to a discussion regarding the Olympic city bidding process for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

“It is stated that Turkey lost LD’s [Lamine Diack’s] support because they did not pay sponsorship moneys of $4m-$5m either to the Diamond League or IAAF. According to the transcript the Japanese did pay such a sum.

“The 2020 Games were awarded to Tokyo. The IC did not investigate this matter further for it was not within our remit.”

It is believed the sponsorship deal in question involved the Japanese electronics giant Canon, which was a Tokyo 2020 gold partner and signed a multi-year deal with the IAAF 10 months out from the Olympics vote in Buenos Aires.

In a prepared statement, Tokyo 2020 spokeswoman Hikariko Ono said: “The note in the report is beyond our understanding.”

“The Games were awarded to Tokyo because the city presented the best bid. Tokyo’s bid was about Japan’s commitment to address issues around the integrity of sport.”

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