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Tokyo 2020 Olympics under greater scrutiny

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By Euronews
Tokyo 2020 Olympics under greater scrutiny

A Singaporean company called ‘Black Tidings’ is at the centre of an investigation of payments made by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bidding committee and linked to disgraced former international athletics chief President Lamine Diack.

The company business address was located in a government housing complex in a suburban part of Singapore, seemingly occupied.

The latest controversy follows earlier ones surrounding the Tokyo Olympics, which had to scrap its original main stadium design due to its eye-watering price tag.

Education and sports minister Hiroshi Hase told parliament the consulting company had been needed to gather information and to improve Tokyo’s bidding strategy. The 55-year-old added that the Tokyo bidding committee could not have been aware of the connection of the company with Lamine Diack.

A spokesman at Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said it was working with French authorities on the case.