Japanese Olympic Committee head Tsunekazu Takeda on Tuesday denied an accusation of "active corruption" leveled by French investigators in connection with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Takeda's denial followed reports last week that French prosecutors have brought a preliminary charge against him for alleged corruption as part of their scrutiny of the bidding for the 2020 Summer Olympics and other major sports events.

"I will fully cooperate with French authorities in investigating this matter and do my utmost to prove my innocence," Takeda told a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.