Olympics: Ad giant Dentsu only gave input on consultancies, says spokesman as it distances itself from 2020 bid scandal

Bridges of Metropolitan Expressway are seen with the construction site of the Athletes' Village for Tokyo 2020 Olympic games in the background, on Nov 14, 2018.
Bridges of Metropolitan Expressway are seen with the construction site of the Athletes' Village for Tokyo 2020 Olympic games in the background, on Nov 14, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Japanese advertising giant Dentsu has distanced itself from claims that it recommended Singapore firm Black Tidings to the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC), as French authorities continue their investigation into corruption allegations surrounding the bid for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

JOC head Tsunekazu Takeda was charged this month by French investigating magistrates probing two payments totalling US$2.3 million (S$3.13 million) made to Black Tidings before and after the Japanese capital was chosen to host the Olympics in September 2013.

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