Tokyo, March 2 (Jiji Press)–The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee said Tuesday it will recommend 12 women as candidates for new members of its Executive Board.
The recommendation will be put forward at a meeting of councillors of the committee on Wednesday.
The move is aimed at achieving committee chief Seiko Hashimoto’s goal of increasing the ratio of female Executive Board members to 40 pct.
The 12 female candidates include Olympic marathon gold medalist Naoko Takahashi and Kuniko Obinata, a winter Paralympic alpine skiing gold medalist.
If all 12 candidates are approved, female members will account for 19, or some 42 pct, of the 45 members of the Executive Board. Currently, the board has 33 members, including seven women.
The committee picked Yuko Arakida, a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Program Committee, as its vice president in charge of gender equality promotion.
She became the seventh vice president of the organizing committee and the first woman to assume the post.
Hashimoto took over as president of the organizing committee last month, succeeding Yoshiro Mori, who resigned over his derogatory remarks against women.
“It’s important to promote gender equality with a sense of speed to restore confidence in the organizing committee,” Hashimoto said at a meeting of the Executive Board.