Paris Olympics chief denies violations amid alleged pay probe

The chief of the organizing committee for the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games has denied any violations amid an alleged legal probe into his remuneration.

On Tuesday, French media reported, citing sources, that organizing committee president Tony Estanguet was facing a judicial investigation into his pay.

They said the committee chief received 270,000 euros, or about 290,000 dollars, annually through 2020, and the amount may have exceeded the cap set by French law for a director of a nonprofit organization.

Estanguet said on Thursday that he did not decide what his salary would be or how it is determined.

Estanguet told reporters that a number of bodies have been put in place to oversee and define his salary, which is also monitored by the government.

He added that he will continue to answer questions from authorities.

In June last year, French investigators searched the headquarters of the Paris organizing committee over suspected involvement in embezzlement, favoritism and other misconduct.

The latest allegation against the committee chief has stirred up controversy less than six months before the Games open.