Tokyo Olympics Chief Won’t Step Down Despite Making Derogatory Comments About Women

The head of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics, Yoshiro Mori announced that he will not resign just days after he made sexist comments about women.

“Women are very competitive. When one of them raises her hand, they probably think they have to say something, too. And then everyone says something. If we are going to have more women directors, someone has remarked, then meetings go on for a long time unless we restrict the comments. I’m not saying who that is,” said Mori during a meeting.

The hashtag “Mori, please resign” went viral on Twitter in Japan
while users called on sponsors to pressure the Tokyo organizing committee into dropping Mori from the top post.

Mori quickly withdrew his statement and apologized but expressed no intention of resigning. 

“I am not thinking to resign. I have been working hard and helped devotedly for seven years. I will not be stepping down,” said Mori.

Mori added that he would be forced to resign if  “voices calling for (his)  resignation get stronger.”

In response to Mori’s controversy,  the IOC noted its support for gender equality as “one of the key pillars” of Olympic values and vowed to increase the number of women on its own executive board.

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