Seiko Hashimoto replaces Yoshiro Mori as Tokyo 2020 Olympics president

Seiko Hashimoto replaces Yoshiro Mori as Tokyo 2020 Olympics president

 

 

Seiko Hashimoto has been named as the new President of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee five months to the Games’ opening. She replaces Yoshiro Mori as president, who resigned last week after making sexist remarks about women.

Japan’s Seiko Hashimoto, has represented Japan in seven Olympics, as a speed skater and track cyclist, winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Albertville Winter Games.

Before her appointment, the 56-year-old had been serving as the minister for Olympics and Paralympics in the Japanese government. She is a prominent female politician in Japan and was chosen by an eight-member panel formed by the orgnanising committee.

 

Seiko Hashimoto replaces Yoshiro Mori as Tokyo 2020 Olympics president

In a speech Hashimoto emphasized that the coronavirus threat was the most important task facing her, and she vowed to deliver a “safe and secure” Games. “Now I’m here to return what I owe as an athlete,” she told the committee’s executive board. “As I’m taking on such a grave responsibility … I feel I need to brace myself.”

She however has to first deal with strong opposition to the Tokyo Games in Japan due to the corona virus pandemic.

Born in Hokkaido, in Japan in 1964 summer Games, Hashimoto took part in four winter Olympics as a speed skater, winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Games in Albertville, and in three summer Olympics as a track cyclist.

Mori, 83, was forced to resign after saying that women made meetings “drag on” because they “talked too much”. He initially refused to resign and then attempted to appoint his own successor, Saburo Kawabuchi, a former head of the Japan Football Association.

 

Yoshiro Mori resigned as president last week after making sexist remarks about women Yoshiro Mori resigned as president last week after making sexist remarks about women
The Olympic Games is meant come on this summer after it has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and strong public opposition.

 

 

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