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Tokyo Olympics scandal makes Sapporo bid ‘difficult’

A corruption scandal surrounding last year’s Tokyo Games has damaged Japan’s bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics, a top local official warned.

Sapporo, in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, had been seen as the frontrunner to host the Winter Games for a second time, ahead of Salt Lake City and Vancouver.

But Hokkaido governor Naomichi Suzuki believes an investigation into allegations of bribery in the selection of Tokyo Games sponsors is threatening to derail Sapporo’s bid.

“When you consider the series of problems related to the Tokyo Olympics, it will be difficult to build momentum with things as they are,” Suzuki said.

“I want the truth to come out as soon as possib…

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