Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on 4 February 2021/AFP/POOL/Kim Kyung-Hoon.

Tokyo Olympic organisers are planning to meet this week to discuss their response to sexist comments made by their boss that have prompted hundreds of volunteers to drop out, reports said Tuesday.

Gaffe-prone Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori, 83, sparked uproar in Japan and abroad last week when he said that women speak too much in meetings.

He has apologised for the comments but refused to step down, and the International Olympic Committee says it considers the matter closed.

Kyodo News and broadcaster FNN reported Tuesday that the Tokyo 2020 organising committee is planning to meet later this week to discuss its response.

Around 390 Olympic and Paralympic volunteers, of around 80,000 recruited for this summer’s pandemic-postponed Games, have said they will no longer take part in the wake of Mori’s comments, reports said late Monday.

Two people have pulled out of the torch relay and around 4,000 people made complaint calls to organisers about Mori’s comments, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Tokyo 2020 did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mori apologised on Thursday and said he wished to retract his remarks, but then became defensive when questioned, insisting he had heard complaints that women speak at length.

“I hear those things often,” he insisted. “I don’t speak to women much recently, so I wouldn’t know.”

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has said she was left “speechless” by Mori’s comments, while Japan Olympic Committee chief Yasuhiro Yamashita said the remarks were inappropriate but stopped short of calling on him to resign.

Japanese tennis superstar Naomi Osaka slammed the remarks as “ignorant” on Saturday.

The row is the latest headache for organisers already battling public disquiet about the Games, with polls showing more than 80 percent of Japanese oppose holding the event this summer.


Notify of
1 Comment
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

‘They can kiss my ass’: Chantal Liew shuts down critics after making history as Singapore’s first ever Olympic open water swimmer

With water still dripping from her hair, Chantal Liew did not shy…

Fans barred from Tokyo Olympics torch relay start

Spectators will be barred from the start of the Tokyo Olympics torch…

PRC media says China ahead of US in Olympics by combining medals from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

It was reported that after the Tokyo Olympics ended on Sunday (8…

Tokyo seeks 10,000 medical staff for Olympics despite virus surge

Japan’s government said Tuesday it still planned to recruit 10,000 medical personnel…