IOC in contact with French prosecutors in corruption probe

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says it has applied to be party to the investigations by French authorities into allegations of possible bribery in the bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

The IOC says it is in “close contact” with French prosecutors, who have been investigating corruption at the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday that the prosecutors have expanded the probe to include the bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Games, which were awarded to Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

The International Olympic Committee says in a statement that its chief ethics and compliance officer had already asked for the committee to be “fully informed in a timely manner of all issues that may refer to Olympic matters and has already applied to become a party to the investigations led by the French judicial authorities.”