Resignation of the president of the Tokyo Olympics after his remarks on women

TOKYO (Reuters) – Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organizing committee, resigned on Friday after his comments about the overly talkative women that he said drew him harsh criticism.

“If my presence causes problems, our efforts so far have been in vain,” said Yoshiro Mori at a meeting of senior officials of the organizing committee.

He then apologized for the problems caused and said he had no prejudices towards women, believing it was important for the Games to run successfully.

Yoshiro Mori, 83, had asked Saburo Kawabuchi, 84, former president of the Japanese football federation and mayor of the Olympic village, to replace him.

Local TV channel Fuji News Network said the government wanted to block the appointment, however, as the announcement of Saburo Kawabuchi’s choice drew criticism.

“We cannot give the impression that we are making a difference unless we name a woman or someone from a different generation,” FNN reported, citing a government source.

Saburo Kawabuchi, who had expressed his intention to accept Mori’s post, announced that he was giving it up, FNN added.

(Ju-min Park, Chang-ran Kim and Kiyoshi Takenaka; French version Camille Raynaud and Claude Chendjou, edited by Blandine Hénault)

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