WITH nearly 80 percent of the Japanese, in a recent survey, opposing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to be held in July-August this year, the mega sporting event took another blow on Friday.
Yoshiro Mori, a former Prime Minister of Japan, has resigned from his post as president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organising Committee following his sexist comments recently.
”My inappropriate statement has caused a lot of chaos worldwide and I wish to resign from my post,” Mori told a meeting of the Tokyo 2020 council and executive board on Friday.
The 83-year-old Mori’s recent comments that female members of the Japan Olympic Committee talk too much and caused a furor and the meeting on Friday was called to discuss the matter.
Although Mori later apologised for his remarks, the damage was already done, both at home and internationally.
Mori handpicked former Japan Football Association president Saburo Kawabuchi but the latter turned down the nomination.
Kawabuchi is the Mayor of the Athletes’ Village for the Games and is a member of the Tokyo 2020 Council.
Meanwhile, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in a statement announced that the Super 300 Yonex German Open scheduled for March 9-14 has been canceled.
The tournament was the second for the 2021 season after the Yonex Swiss Open (March 2-7). Both offered Olympic qualifying points.
The German Badminton Association canceled the event after consultation and agreement with the BWF due to the strict Covid-19 restrictions and complications imposed by Germany.