Corruption in sports

FILE - This is a 2017 file photo showing the shadow of a tennis player. Four people are in French custody on suspicion of fixing matches for an Armenian based in Belgium believed behind an illegal gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches. It’s part of months of digging by police working across Europe to unravel a match-fixing scheme of breath-taking scale involving more than 100 players from at least half a dozen countries. Sources close to the investigation told The Associated Press that four French players were in police custody on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/File)
January 17, 2019 - 9:55 am
PARIS (AP) — European police agency Europol says it has identified links between match-fixing gambling syndicates being unraveled in Spain and Belgium that are thought to have paid off dozens of players and corrupted lower-level tennis tournaments on a massive scale. Pedro Felicio, who heads...
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January 17, 2019 - 8:00 am
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Police in Ghana say an investigative journalist whose work exposing corruption in African soccer led to the downfall of a member of the sport's high-powered FIFA Council has been shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike. Police said Thursday that Ahmed Husein was killed Wednesday...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017 file photo a tennis player casts a shadow on the clay as they serve during a tennis match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Four people are in French custody on suspicion of fixing matches for an Armenian based in Belgium believed behind an illegal gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
January 16, 2019 - 3:24 pm
PARIS (AP) — The crooked tennis players knew him as "Maestro." To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as the suspected ringleader of an organized gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and paying off more than 100 players from around Europe. As...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017 file photo a tennis player casts a shadow on the clay as they serve during a tennis match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Four people are in French custody on suspicion of fixing matches for an Armenian based in Belgium believed behind an illegal gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
January 16, 2019 - 1:27 pm
PARIS (AP) — The crooked tennis players knew him as "Maestro." To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as something else: The suspected ringleader of a highly organized illegal gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and corrupting more than 100...
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January 16, 2019 - 1:11 pm
PARIS (AP) — Four tennis players are in French custody on suspicion of helping an organized gambling syndicate believed to have fixed hundreds of low-tier matches. They are suspected of working for an Armenian who police call the "Maestro. Police believe the Belgium-based kingpin may have paid more...
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International Olympics Committee member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda pauses during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Takeda has denied corruption allegations against him concerning reported bribes paid to be awarded the rights to host the 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
January 15, 2019 - 3:43 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body. Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions...
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International Olympics Committee member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunekazu Takeda pauses during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Takeda has denied corruption allegations against him concerning reported bribes paid to be awarded the rights to host the 2020 Olympics. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
January 15, 2019 - 2:34 am
TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, has again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others in the bureaucracy at the Japanese body. Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and...
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FILE - This is a Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 file photo of Tsunekazu Takeda, President of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games bid, as he listens to a question from the media during their first international presentation of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games bid in London. France's financial crimes office says International Olympic Committee member Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Financial Prosecutors office says Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal investigation for "active corruption" on Dec. 10.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
January 12, 2019 - 5:03 am
TOKYO (AP) — A month ago, Tsunekazu Takeda was warmly applauded by 1,400 Olympic dignitaries as he spoke alongside International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Tokyo. A month later, the powerful IOC member and head of the Japanese Olympic Committee is fighting a corruption investigation...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, right, escorts Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Takeda during an IOC Executive Board meeting in Tokyo. France's financial crimes office says International Olympic Committee member Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Financial Prosecutors office says Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal investigation for "active corruption" on Dec. 10.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
January 11, 2019 - 10:17 am
PARIS (AP) — In the latest blow to the International Olympic Committee's efforts to rid itself of scandal, marketing head Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Takeda, who is also the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, right, escorts Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Takeda during an IOC Executive Board meeting in Tokyo. France's financial crimes office says International Olympic Committee member Takeda is being investigated for corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Financial Prosecutors office says Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal investigation for "active corruption" on Dec. 10.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
January 11, 2019 - 9:12 am
PARIS (AP) — In the latest blow to the International Olympic Committee's efforts to rid itself of scandal, marketing head Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated for suspected corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Takeda, who is also the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was...
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