The president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games resigns after his macho comment

The president of the organizing committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Japanese Yoshiro Mori, has announced his resignation after the controversy unleashed by his macho comments last week during a meeting of the leadership of the said organization. She affirmed that increasing the female quota in the Olympic Committee would make it necessary to regulate the speaking time in the meetings: “If not, we would never finish”

“I will resign from the position of chairman of the committee,” Mori said during his speech at the meeting held this Friday in Tokyo, the first part of which was open to the media.

The 83-year-old former Japanese prime minister made this announcement at the meeting of the council members and the executive board of the body in charge of Tokyo 2020, convened to discuss the consequences of Mori’s comments and in which it is also expected a decision on his successor.

“My inappropriate statements have caused a lot of chaos,” admitted Mori, who again expressed his “deep apologies” to the organizing committee and to society as a whole, as he did last week after his sexist comments made last Wednesday came to light. .

“I heard someone say that if we increase the number of women on the board we have to regulate speaking time in some way or, if not, we will never finish,” Mori said then during a meeting of the Japan Olympic Committee where the increase in the number of female members from 20% to 40%. Since then, criticism has not ceased from various sectors of the world of politics and sports, both inside and outside of Japan, including those of the International Olympic Committee, which crossed out his words as “absolutely inappropriate” and “in contradiction “with the principles of this body.

“The important thing is that the Games are held as planned,” Mori stressed when presenting his resignation from office. The hitherto head of Tokyo 2020 has affirmed that his intention “was not to belittle women” when making these statements: “I have worked hard so that women are widely heard, more than men,” said Mori, who also She has spoken of the “efforts” she has made during her career to integrate more women into the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

The Tokyo 2020 leadership will continue to meet this Friday with the main task of appointing a successor for Mori, a position for which candidates such as the current head of the Tokyo Olympic Village, Saburo Kawabuchi, or the minister in charge of the JJOO, Seiko Hashimoto, according to the Japanese media.

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