the president of the organizing committee has resigned

Yoshiro Mori.
Yoshiro Mori. Reuters

Yoshiro Mori, the chairman of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics, tendered his resignation on Friday (February 12) after an outcry over his sexist remarks last week, but the question of his successor is not yet decided. “My inappropriate statements caused a lot of trouble (…). I want to step down from the presidency today, “Mori, 83, said at a Tokyo 2020 executive board meeting.” What is important is to organize the Games in July. My presence must not become an obstacle, ”added this former Prime Minister of Japan (2000-2001). Mr Mori had said last week that women had difficulty speaking concisely in meetings, which he found “annoying”. He awkwardly apologized the next day, initially ruling out resigning. But a deluge of criticism followed in Japan and abroad. In a statement released on Friday, IOC President Thomas Bach said “respect” and “understand” Mr. Mori’s decision to leave, thanking him for his work since his arrival in 2014 at the head of Tokyo 2020. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, who criticized Mr. Mori’s comments, also paid tribute to him.

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