Former Seibu Lions owner Yoshiaki Tsutsumi has stepped down from his post as the honorary president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, JOC chairman Tsunekazu Takeda said Wednesday.

Tsutsumi, who resigned as owner of the Pacific League club a week earlier to take responsibility for the Kokudo Corp. scandal, is expected to relinquish all his executive titles including those he holds in the Japan Ice Hockey Federation and the Ski Association of Japan.

Tsutsumi, 70, the first chairman of the JOC following the break-up of the JOC and the Japan Amateur Sports Association in 1989, told Takeda of his wish to resign on Tuesday.

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