JAPAN. Tokyo: Yoshiro Mori, former head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has stepped down from his position. Last week, Mori received a backlash for his sexist remarks in a committee meeting. A petition was recently filed demanding the former chief’s removal that received more than 150,000 signatures. The former Japanese prime minister with a history of demeaning remarks, told a meeting of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) this week that meetings attended by too many women tended to “drag on” because they talked too much.
Eighty-three-year-old Mori had always been under sharp knives for his controversial statements. He served as the Prime Minister of Japan from 2000 to 2001. Mori had to resign from his position following fundraising scandals.
“As of today, I will resign from the President’s position,” Mori announced in the board meeting with its executive members.
“Inappropriate comments from my side caused a great disturbance. I am sorry,” Mori said on Friday in Tokyo
The committee appointed Mori as the president of the Japan Rugby Football Union. In 2014, Mori was elected to head the summer 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Seiko Hashimoto, the Olympics minister has visited the former chief of the Tokyo Olympics for a ‘thorough discussion’.
Mori’s resignation came five months prior to the opening event of the Tokyo Olympics has caused a ruckus locally and internationally.