Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori 'sorry' for sexism row

Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori 'sorry' for sexism row

Asked whether he would quit, Mori said: 'I have no intention of resigning. "I'm not saying who that is", he said.

Yoshiro Mori, chief of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, has come under fire for saying that "competitive" women prolong meetings with their need to talk. Women now comprise only 20 percent of the board.

"When you increase the number of female executive members, if their speaking time isn't restricted to a certain extent, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying", he said, as some members of the council reportedly laughed.

Yet by Thursday afternoon, Mori seemed comfortable in his position, even as calls for his resignation dominated Twitter here. "I would like to apologise for any unpleasant feelings", Mori said. "The Olympics and Paralympics represent the equality of both men and women and I am thankful for the women athletes and staff".

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Mori told The Mainichi newspaper his family had admonished him for the remarks.

"Last night, my wife gave me a thorough scolding".

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"His comments run counter to the spirit of Olympics that denounces discrimination and calls for friendship, solidarity and fairness", she said in a tweet. I'm going to have to suffer again because you've antagonised women'.

"This morning, my daughter and granddaughter scolded me as well", the paper quoted him as saying.

The furore reached the highest levels of the Japanese Government, with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga admitting Mori should not have made the comments.

About 80% of Japanese in polls think the games should be postponed or cancelled.

While ranking highly on a range of worldwide indicators, Japan persistently trails on promoting gender equality, ranking 121 out of 153 nations surveyed in the 2020 global gender gap report of the World Economic Forum.

During an online meeting of JOC councilors Wednesday, Yoshiro Mori said that women talk too much in meetings and suggested that speaking time for women should be limited, referring to the JOC's plan to increase the number of women on its board.

Mori's comments will not have been well received within the Olympic Movement, which is still striving for gender equality amid a lack of female representation in senior roles.

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