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A former executive board member of the Tokyo Games organizing committee on Friday denied giving a favor related to his position to Aoki Holdings Inc. in return for the money he allegedly received from the clothing retailer.

Haruyuki Takahashi, 78, suspected of receiving more than ¥40 million from Aoki Holdings, said that he “has never been asked for anything from Aoki Holdings nor has given it any favor over the Tokyo Olympics.”

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