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IOC Honour Member Yoshiaki Tsutsumi tenders his resignation

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today confirms that Mr Yoshiaki Tsutsumi has decided to forfeit his title of IOC honour member.

In a letter dated 25 April 2005 and received today by the IOC, Mr Tsutsumi explains that he has taken this decision due to personal circumstances, writing: "May I respectfully inform you of the resignation of the Honour Membership of the IOC because of my personal circumstances".

The IOC Executive Board decided last week to uphold the Ethics Commission's recommendation to deprive Mr Tsutsumi of all his rights, prerogatives and functions derived from his IOC honour membership, given the seriousness and gravity of the allegations made against him by the Public Prosecutor in Japan.

The IOC has accepted Mr Tsutsumi's decision, which thereby ends the procedure before the IOC Ethics Commission.
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