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Tsunekazu Takeda (竹田 恆和, Takeda Tsunekazu, born November 1, 1947) is a Japanese sports administrator, retired equestrian and the former President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, stepping down on 21 March 2019 amidst a corruption investigation. He also resigned as a member of the International Olympic Committee.[2]

Tsunekazu Takeda
Tsunekazu Takeda 1964.jpg
Tsunekazu Takeda in the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Born (1947-11-01) November 1, 1947 (age 71)[1]
Tokyo, Japan
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight60 kg (130 lb)
SportShow jumping


Takeda is the third son of Prince Tsuneyoshi Takeda and great-grandson of Emperor Meiji. Both Tsunekazu Takeda and his son Tsuneyasu Takeda studied at Keio University and later taught there.

Takeda has been a keen horse rider through his whole life. He competed in show jumping at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and finished in 16th and 13th place, respectively, with the Japanese team. Later he coached the Japanese equestrian team at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics and was Chef de Mission at the 2002 and 2004 Games.[3]

In 1974, Takeda caused a car accident and killed a 22-year-old woman. Although identified as being at fault, he was not prosecuted, and the matter was resolved by Takeda privately compensating her surviving family. [4]

In 1987, Takeda joined the Japanese Olympic Committee and became its president in October 2001. He has also served as a Vice-President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) from 1998 to 2002, and was later made a Honorary Vice-President. Takeda was sports director for the organizing committee of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. He was also elected twice as Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Asia in 2001 and 2011. As a member of the International Olympic Committee, Takeda coordinated the preparation of the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.[1]


On December 10, 2018, the French financial crimes office began an investigation of Takeda about a 2013 scheme to obtain votes from International Olympic Committee (IOC) members from Africa in support of Tokyo as host for the 2020 Olympics instead of Istanbul or Madrid.[5] Magistrates Renaud Van Ruymbeke and Stéphanie Tacheau are overseeing the "active corruption" probe.[6] Takeda denied the indictments.[6][7] Meanwhile, the Japanese Olympic Committee (of which Takeda was head) conducted an internal investigation into the accusations but found no ethics violations.[5] On March 19, 2019, Takeda announced that he would step down as President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and as a member of the International Olympic Committee amid the allegations of bribery to protect the Olympic Movement. He will officially leave the Japanese Olympic Committee on June 27, 2019, when his term concludes.[8] A source close to the French investigation into Takeda is asked about the link between investigation Takeda and arrested Carlos Ghosn, and said there “was no link between the two affairs”. [9]




  1. ^ a b Tsunekazu Takeda.
  2. ^ Grohmann, Karolos. "Japan's Takeda no longer an IOC member: IOC". Reuters. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ Mr Tsunekazu TAKEDA.
  4. ^ "東京五輪招致の裏金問題で"厚顔"答弁…JOC竹田恆和会長に自動車事故で女性を轢き殺した過去が!".
  5. ^ a b Leicester, John (January 11, 2019). "IOC marketing chair from Japan investigated for corruption". Associated Press. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Bouchez, Yann (January 11, 2019). "L'homme fort des JO de Tokyo 2020 mis en examen pour « corruption active »: La justice française soupçonne Tsunekazu Takeda d'avoir autorisé le paiement de pots-de-vin en vue de l'obtention des Jeux, révèle « Le Monde »". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "France probing JOC head over alleged graft". NHK World-Japan. January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "Takeda resigns from IOC and as JOC President amid bribery allegations". March 19, 2019. Retrieved March 19, 2019.
  9. ^ Jarry, Emmanuel (January 19, 2019). "France investigates Japan's Olympics chief on suspicion of corruption". Reuters (in Engrish). Retrieved January 19, 2019.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  10. ^ "Genealogy". Reichsarchiv. Retrieved 7 September 2017. (in Japanese)
  11. ^ "Genealogy". Reichsarchiv. Retrieved 7 September 2017. (in Japanese)
Preceded by
Yushirō Yagi
President of the Japanese Olympic Committee
October 24, 2001 – June 27, 2019
Succeeded by
Yasuhiro Yamashita
Seiko Hashimoto