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Classics Olympia OK boss Mori is about to resign

08:30  11 february  2021
08:30  11 february  2021 Source:   dw.com

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Another blow for Japan's Olympic makers: Japan's top Olympic official is about to resign just a few months before the planned summer games in Tokyo. He had been derogatory of women.

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Even the IOC waved the fence post. "The recent remarks by Tokyo 2020 President Mori were absolutely inappropriate and contradicted the IOC's obligations and the reforms of its 2020 Olympic Agenda," said the International Olympic Committee, referring to its own efforts to achieve gender justice: With one The women's quota of 49 percent among those starting the Olympics would be the "first gender-equitable Olympics" because of the corona pandemic in Tokyo.

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The IOC could hardly make it clearer that Yoshiro Mori, as head of the Organizing Committee (OK), can no longer be held up a week ago after his misogynistic statements . The OK has called an emergency meeting for this Friday. Japanese media unanimously report that Mori will then announce his resignation.

Around 400 volunteers cancel in protest.

Mori had spoken out in a video conference of the Japanese Olympic Committee against its plan to double the proportion of women on the board from 20 to 40 percent. Women tended to talk too much, Mori said. Although the 83-year-old former Japanese prime minister later apologized for what he called "inappropriate words," he sparked a storm of indignation that has not subsided a week later. The OK counted more than 1000 calls and e-mails from angry Japanese people.

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With reference to Mori, 400 "volunteers" canceled who had previously registered as volunteers for the mega-event. There was also an initial rejection from the circle of Olympic torchbearers: Shinji Tsubokura from Fukushima called Mori's remarks "unacceptable". According to his own words, he had previously received a letter in which the OK apologized for Mori's words.

Tokyo's governor does not want to meet Mori

Female MPs from the main opposition party, the KDP, appeared at a parliamentary session on Tuesday in white blazers with a white rose on their lapels to protest Mori. In the early 20th century, white clothing was one of the distinguishing features of the so-called "suffragettes" who fought for women's suffrage.

KDP-Abgeordnete: Protest gegen Mori in Weiß © Kyodo / picture-alliance KDP MPs: Protest against Mori in white

The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, canceled an Olympic talk next week, in which Mori and IOC President Thomas Bach should also take part. At the moment, such a meeting would "deliver nothing really positive," said the 68-year-old politician. Mori's words had caused "an uncomfortable feeling" in everyone, "at a time when we are trying to overcome the pandemic and prepare for the games. As the boss of the host city, I am very disappointed." Numerous sponsors also kept their distance from the OC boss.

The fuss about Mori comes at an inopportune time for the makers of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Because of the corona pandemic, which is still rampant, the support of the Japanese population is drastically healthy anyway. In an survey in January , around 80 percent of those questioned pleaded for the games in Tokyo to be postponed again or to be canceled entirely.

Author: Stefan Nestler

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