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Tokyo Olympics chief Mori declines to resign over sexist remarks

  • February 5, 2021
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All national dailies reported on a press conference held on Thursday by Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori, during which he apologized and expressed remorse over remarks he made on Wednesday. He withdrew his comments, saying they were inappropriate and not in keeping with the Olympic spirit. Mori said on Wednesday in comments about a government initiative to increase female representation on the Olympic committee’s board of directors that meetings with a lot of women would “take too much time,” claiming that women have a strong sense of competition and speak too much. This has drawn fire at home and abroad, with such western media outlets as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Guardian taking issue with his remarks. However, Mori said he has no intention to step down. Mainichi wrote that Mori’s gaffe created a setback for the Suga administration’s efforts to host the Tokyo Olympics this summer because it ran counter to the Games’ goal of seeking diversity and harmony.

 

However, Nikkei wrote that the International Olympic Committee said in a statement on Thursday that Mori’s apology “closed” the issue. The statement said: “Mori apologized for his comments today. With this, the IOC considers the issue closed.”

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