Yoshiro Mori has resigned as the President of the Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee. “There has been much turmoil in recent weeks due to my inappropriate behavior, and for that I apologize,” Mori said Friday during the opening remarks of an emergency meeting between Tokyo 2020 executive board members.
“What’s most important is successfully holding the Tokyo Games in July,” he said. “There can be no interruptions to those efforts.”
Controversy had erupted over Mori’s remarks made at a committee meeting that were considered to be sexist.
Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said during a news conference that a “gender project team” as well as a selection committee to pick Mori’s successor will be formed, though it’s unclear when a selection will be made. “We need to select a replacement as quickly as possible,” Muto said.