• Bach downplays bid corruption fears, Rio ticket sales slow


    LAUSANNE: International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach on Thursday downplayed suspicions of bid corruption surrounding the Rio Games and Tokyo 2020, while organizers in Brazil revealed that fewer than half of all tickets had been sold. French prosecutors investigating corruption allegations against the former head of world athletics Lamine Diack confirmed they had expanded their probe to examine the bidding for the Rio Olympics and the Tokyo Games in four years’ time. However, Bach stressed there was “no evidence so far” to substantiate claims of corruption and said the IOC was working proactively to combat the issue.



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