The International Olympic Committee (IOC) “fully respects” Yoshiro Mori’s decision to step down as chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, and “understands the reasons,” said panel president Thomas Bach.
The 83-year-old Japanese Yoshiro Mori resigned after a controversial discussion last week through his sexist remarks that “women have a hard time being brief” during a meeting of the committee he chairs.
“Board meetings with many women present are taking too long. If the number of female members increases and the intervention time is not limited, it will be more difficult to close them, which is irritating, ”Mori continued.
“We would like to thank you [a Mori] for his notable contribution to the organization of deferred [para o Verão de 2021] Tokyo2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, ”added Thomas Bach in a statement.
According to the German, “Mori has helped make Tokyo the best-prepared Olympic city in history” and “the IOC will continue to work hand in hand with its successor to host the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.”
The President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and member of the IOC, the Brazilian Andrew Parsons, hopes that the reactions provoked by the sexist statements by Yoshiro Mori will be used “so that society can put more emphasis on diversity and inclusion “.
“Not just in terms of gender representation, but also in terms of race, sexuality and people with disabilities,” Andrew Parsons said in a statement after learning of Yoshiro Mori’s resignation.