February 9th – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued a statement on the 9th, criticizing Tokyo Organizing Committee President Yoshiro Mori for his previous remarks about discrimination against women, which was “totally inappropriate”.
According to Kyodo News Agency of Japan and other media, in a statement on gender equality in the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee referred to Yoshiro Mori’s speech and pointed out that “this is contrary to the commitments and reforms made by the International Olympic Committee under the 2020 Olympic Agenda”.
When Mori attended the Provisional MPs of the Japan Olympic Committee on the 3rd, he mentioned the recruitment plan of female directors being promoted by the Japan Sports Agency.
He said that the meeting attended by many female directors was time-consuming. “Women are too competitive and difficult to finish without controlling their speaking time.
In addition, he also evaluated the seven female directors of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, “[They] can distinguish right from wrong, very down-to-earth, and their speeches can hit the point.”
Mori’s remarks have been criticized by many overseas media for allegedly discriminating against women.
However, Mori said that he would stay in office after apologizing for the improper remarks on the 5th.