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Papa Massata Diack, the man accused of being at the heart of the corruption racket to fix the bidding for Tokyo to win the 2020 Olympics, is reported to have sent an email on the day of the vote warning of the need to “lock” African votes to prevent them going to Madrid instead.

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, Diack emailed his father Lamine, an influential figure in the International Olympic Committee, to warn him: “Information coming from your African colleague, it seems that Sheikh Ahmad is doing all he can to get the Africans to vote for Madrid! We need to lock this before the pause.”

The letter, which was sent on September 7, 2013, just hours before Tokyo was awarded the Games, was swiftly responded to by Lamine Diack, who told his son: “We can talk about it after the session.”

Last year, the Guardian revealed that a £1m payment from the Tokyo bid team to a Black Tidings bank account linked to Massata Diack was made during Japan’s successful race to…

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