Tokyo Olympics boss resigns after saying "annoying" female board members don’t stop talking

by Peter Heck · Feb 13th, 2021 10:05 am

Last Updated Feb 20th, 2021 at 4:10 pm

The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, Yoshiro Mori, has resigned after being pilloried for "sexist comments."

Trouble for the 83-year-old Mori began when he objected to the introduction of new female board members onto the Japan Olympic Committee Council.

"If we increase the number of female board members, we have to make sure their speaking time is restricted somewhat, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying," Mori said.

The International Olympic Committee blasted Mori for the remarks, asserting that gender equality was a "fundamental principle" of their organization. The IOC said it had accepted Mori's apology and considered "the issue closed."

But the public did not feel similarly, and pressure continued to mount, including a petition with over 150,000 signatures demanding that Mori step down. On Friday, Mori announced he was resigning.

"As of today I will resign from the president's position," he declared. "My inappropriate comments have caused a lot of chaos. As long as I remain in this position, it causes trouble. If that is the case, it will ruin everything we've built up."

Mori has reportedly been replaced by 84-year-old Saburo Kawabuchi, a former Japanese Olympian who participated in the 1964 games.


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