Tokyo 2020: Japan Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto appointed head of Games

Japan’s Seiko Hashimoto was appointed the next Tokyo 2020 president, after her predecessor quit over sexist comments he made.

The former Olympics Minister is a seven-time Olympian herself, having competed as a cyclist and a speed skater.

Former chief Yoshiro Mori resigned following a backlash, after he said women talk too much.

Another octogenarian male leader was initially billed to replace him, but this was also met with protests.

The Japanese Olympic Committee board has 24 members, five of whom are women.

Mori had earlier commented that should the number of female board members increase, they would have to “make sure their speaking time is restricted somewhat, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying.” He later apologised for his “inappropriate statement.”

Hashimoto said she wanted the legacy of the Tokyo Games to be a society that accepted people regardless of gender, disability, race, or sexual orientation.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56109579

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