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Olympics Minister Hashimoto in frame to replace Mori as Tokyo 2020 President

by ZwemZa on February 17th, 2021


Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto will be asked to replace Yoshirō Mori as Tokyo 2020 President, according to reports ©Getty Images

Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto will be asked to replace Yoshirō Mori as Tokyo 2020 President, according to reports.

Kyodo News said the 56-year-old Olympic speed skating bronze medallist has been proposed for the job by the Candidate Selection Committee tasked with choosing Mori’s successor.

Appointing a woman to the role would be a highly significant move after Mori departed following uproar caused by his sexist comments.

However, the seven-time Olympian is said to be reluctant to take the post, a source told Kyodo News.

The Candidate Selection Committee held its second meeting today and is due to convene again tomorrow.

Tokyo 2020 Honorary President and Canon chief executive Fujio Mitarai is serving as chair, with the final choice of candidate needing to be rubber-stamped by the Games’ Executive Board.

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