Tokyo Olympics 2020: President Yoshiro Mori is all set to resign over sexist comments, made by him earlier this month – at a Japanese Olympic Committee board meeting. 

Yoshiro Mori to resign from his post over sexist remarks. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yoshiro Mori, 83, to resign as the president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics
  • Mori made the remark – that women talk too much – at a Japanese Olympic Committee
  • Mayor of the Olympics village, Saburo Kawabuchi, could replace Mori

According to the latest reports on Thursday, Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee, is all set to step down over sexist remarks. His resignation is likely to open up new doubts over the feasibility of hosting the Olympics later this year.

The former prime minister of Japan made the remark – that women talk too much – at a Japanese Olympic Committee board meeting earlier this month, which led to a whirlwind of criticism at home and all over the world.

According to Reuters, Fuji News Network and public broadcaster NHK reported that Mori, 83, is all set to step down from his position. Meanwhile, the Mainichi newspaper reported that Mori was expected to communicate his will to go on Friday, when executive members of the Tokyo Olympics board are due to meet to discuss his sexist remark.

It is likely that former Japan Football Association president and mayor of the Olympics village, Saburo Kawabuchi, could replace Mori- as being reported. Meanwhile, the outgoing President of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee has, for now, declined to give a comment.

Following his comment on women, during the conference on February, Mori withdrew his remark, acknowledging it was inappropriate and against the Olympic spirit, but did not intend to resign at that time.

The head of the opposition Social Democratic Party, Mizuho Fukushima, commented on the news of Mori’s resignation: “News is that Mori is going to resign. This is the result of many, many women raising their voices. Of course this doesn’t resolve the problem. We need to create a society of gender equality in all places. Let’s get to work!”

(Inputs by Reuters)



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