As expected, Yoshiro Mori, the president of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics, resigned from his post after the great controversy sparked by his sexist remarks.
Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics, announced his resignation on Friday after an outcry over sexist comments he made last week. “My inappropriate statements have caused a lot of disturbance (…). I want to step down from the presidency today,” Mori, 83, said Friday at a Tokyo-2020 executive council meeting.
Several Japanese media had announced the imminence of this decision Thursday. The Tokyo 2020 boss, a former Japanese prime minister known for his verbal slippages, said last week that women have difficulty speaking in a concise manner, which is “annoying.” He awkwardly apologized the next day, while ruling out resigning.
An avalanche of criticism had followed in Japan and abroad. Even sponsors of the Olympics, usually discreet, had stepped up to the plate, also claiming that Mr. Mori’s remarks were against the Olympic spirit.
At first, after Mr. Mori’s apology, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declared that it considered the case closed, but then considered that his words were “completely inappropriate”, while the reactions were of more and more vivid.