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JOC’s plan to extend age of retirement is unacceptable

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21.02.2019

The Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) is considering extending the official retirement age of its senior executives in an apparent move to keep President Tsunekazu Takeda as its chief.

The JOC seems intent on maintaining its current leadership until the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

But the 71-year-old Takeda, who has held the post for 17 years through 10 terms, is now the target of bribery allegations related to Tokyo’s bid to host the event.

Last month, after French legal authorities reportedly expanded the investigation into the bribery allegations, Takeda, who served as head to the Tokyo Olympic bid committee, responded in dismal fashion at a news conference.

After reading out a prepared note denying the allegations, Takeda ended the news conference after only about seven minutes without taking questions.

He showed no sign of a commitment to fulfilling his responsibility to respond to concerns held among people around the world about the investigation’s........

© The Asahi Shimbun