Tokyo 2020: Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee set to quit

    Japan's Olympic Committee President (JOC) Tsunekazu Takeda speaks to the press after a JOC board meeting in Tokyo

    (CNN)With less than 500 days until the Tokyo Olympics gets underway, Tsunekazu Takeda -- president of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) -- has announced he will step down from his position in June amid allegations of corruption over Tokyo's successful bid to host the 2020 Games.

    Takeda told reporters at a press conference Tuesday in Tokyo that he would also resign from his position as member of the International Olympic Committee.
    The 71-year-old, ex-president of the Tokyo 2020 bid committee, was placed under formal investigation last December by French prosecutors over corruption allegations relating to the 2020 bidding process.
      When asked whether his resignation had anything to do with the investigation, Takeda reiterated his innocence, saying: "I have not done anything unfair and I will work on to prove my i