Tokyo 2020 organisers to hold meeting this week over Mori's sexist remarks: Reports

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Feb 09, 2021, 11:09 AM(IST)

Yoshiro Mori: gaffe-prone Tokyo 2020 chief and former Japan PM Photograph:( AFP )

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The 83-year-old has apologised for the remarks, however, refused to step down. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that the matter is closed. 

Organisers of Tokyo 2020 are set to meet this week to discuss their response to sexist remarks made by Yoshiro Mori, reports said on Tuesday. 

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These reports come after hundreds of event volunteers quit due to a massive uproar after Tokyo 2020 boss, last week, said that women speak too much in the meeting.

The 83-year-old has apologised for the remarks, however, refused to step down. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that the matter is closed. 

According to Japanese media, Tokyo 2020's organising committee is planning to meet later this week, possibly on Friday, to discuss its response as calls grow for Mori to resign. 

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Around 80,000 volunteers from Japan and across the world, but sue to Mori's remarks, 390 Olympic and Paralympic volunteers have quit, the committee said, noting that this number includes withdrawals for all reasons.

As per public broadcaster NHK, two people pulled out of the torch relay and around 4,000 people made complaint calls to organisers. 

Top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said Tuesday that organisers should try and convince volunteers to return.

"It is important that the organising committee gives a careful explanation to volunteers," he said after Tokyo 2020 released a statement quoting Mori's apology and reaffirming its commitment to gender equality and diversity.

Osaka called the former Japanese Prime Minister "ignorant" for his remarks. 

(Inputs from AFP)

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