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Takeda announced Tuesday he will stand down when his term ends in June, but he denied corruption allegations against him. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO— Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, is resigning amid a bribery scandal that investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year’s Olympics.Takeda announced Tuesday he will stand down when his term ends in June, but he denied corruption allegations against him.ADVERTISEMENT Without Love, Cavaliers still torment playoff-hopeful Pistons MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Takeda is also a powerful International Olympic Committee member and the head of its marketing commission. He holds the IOC spot by virtue of the Japanese presidency.He said it was his own decision, and in the interests of the future of the Japanese Olympic Committee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I would like to leave the future of the JOC to a younger generation to lead up to Tokyo 2020,” he said. “At the end of my tenure in June, I am pulling out as JOC chairman and as a committee member.”His departure as head of the JOC will also end his terms at the International Olympic Committee and with the local organizing committee for the Tokyo Games. Lamine Diack had huge influence over Olympic voters in Africa. In 2013, IOC members voted for Tokyo, eliminating bids from Madrid and Istanbul.Takeda has said he was not involved in the decision-making process and had no reason to question what he termed a “regular commercial contact” approved by others at the JOC.The scandal has also shined a light on the role on Dentsu, the giant Japanese advertising and marketing agency. Since getting the Olympics, Dentsu has helped Tokyo organizers line up a record $3 billion in local sponsorship.Dentsu has acknowledged it advised the Japanese bid committee about bid consultants just before the IOC vote in 2013. Tan was among them.In a 50-page report by the Japanese Olympic Committee investigating the bid, it said the committee — citing an evaluation from Dentsu — decided “that Tan was an extremely competent Asian consultant.”It is not clear if Dentsu is a target of French investigators.IOC President Thomas Bach, speaking in December in Tokyo and standing alongside Takeda, described the games as “the best prepared” in history. They have overcome early problems that included a plagiarized logo design, and a redesign of a new national stadium because of soaring costs.General cost overruns have continued to be an issue for Tokyo, which is now spending three times more than it said it would when it was selected. All venues are expected to be ready ahead on time. The new national stadium is to be completed by the end of the year.Takeda, 71, is a distant member of Japan’s royal family, the great grandson of the Meiji emperor who ruled late in 19th century and into the 20th. He competed in equestrian events in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The scandal has cast a shadow over next year’s Olympics and underlines flawed efforts by the IOC to clean up its bidding process. Japan is spending at least $20 billion to organize the games, which open July 24, 2020.The organization of the last Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was chaotic from start to finish and ended eventually with the arrest of organizing committee president — and Brazilian Olympic Committee president — Carlos Nuzman in a similar vote-buying scandal.The favorite to replace Takeda is Yasuhiro Yamashita, a judo gold medalist in the 1984 Olympics.Takeda has acknowledged he signed off on about $2 million in payments to a Singapore consulting company, Black Tidings, and its head Ian Tan Tong Han.French investigators have linked Black Tidings to Papa Massata Diack, one of the sons of powerful ex-IOC member Lamine Diack of Senegal.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
But they still had too much quality for the Championship strugglers as two great strikes from Willian added to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud’s first for Chelsea put the hosts 4-0 up by half-time.Conte made seven changes in all from the side that beat West Brom 3-0 on Monday to ease the mounting pressure on his job after damaging defeats by Bournemouth and Watford.Once again the Chelsea support showed their backing for the former Juventus boss, but more challenging tests lie ahead in their bid for Champions League glory, and a place back in the competition next year via the top four of the Premier League should they fall short.Barca’s visit to the Bridge on Tuesday is followed by consecutive trips to Manchester United and Manchester City on league duty before the return leg at the Camp Nou on March 14.“We lost two games at the end of a busy period. Now we have the right confidence again,” said Conte.“But in the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we must be strong – Barcelona, United and City. We are ready.”Willian did no harm to his case to start against the Catalans with a stunning all-round display capped by his two goals.“For sure, his performance was impressive,” added Conte.“I hope to see always this type of performance because, when Willy plays in this way, it is a great joy for me, the team, the club and our fans.”The Brazilian opened the scoring after just two minutes as he jinked inside onto his weaker left foot but still produced a fine curling shot into the far corner.– Relieved Giroud –A former Barca duo combined for the second as Cesc Fabregas’s lofted pass freed Pedro in behind the Hull defence to slot past David Marshall.Willian showed he is capable of scoring from range off either foot as his low drive cushioned the post on its way past Marhsall moments later for his 10th goal of the season.Giroud then cut a relieved figure when he tucked home debutant Emerson Palmieri’s low cross to round off a first 45 minutes to forget for the visitors.“I was waiting for it,” said Giroud. “It was important for me to score my first goal. It’s relieved me a little bit.”Hull had the chance to salvage some pride early in the second-half when Fabregas tripped Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson inside the area.But a dire night for Nigel Adkins’ men was complete when Willy Caballero saved David Meyler’s penalty.And Willian was inches away from the hat-trick his display deserved when another long-range effort came back off the post two minutes from time.Leicester joined Chelsea in the last eight as Riyad Mahrez provided the spark for the Foxes on his return to the starting line-up.The Algerian’s only appearance in Leicester’s previous three outings came as a late substitute in a 5-1 drubbing at Manchester City last weekend following his self-imposed exile from training after Leicester rejected City’s advances for the winger last month.However, he showed why the runaway Premier League leaders were interested with the teasing cross for Jamie Vardy to head home the only goal in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two of the best: Willian celebrates scoring his second goal as Chelsea beat Hull 4-0 in the FA Cup © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 17 – Antonio Conte believes Chelsea are ready for a season-defining few weeks after Willian starred with two goals to blow away Hull City 4-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday.Just four days before facing Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, Conte named a much-changed side with Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard not even included in the Italian’s squad.