Hashimoto Seiko appointed a new president of Tokyo 2020: The former 83 Year Old Yoshiro Mori after making a sexist remark about women has stepped down as the president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. Hashimoto Seiko has been appointed as the new president of the Tokyo 2020 Organising committee which is considered to be the most important signal about gender equality.
Hashimoto is the winner of the 1992 Albertville Winter Games bronze medal and had also competed in seven summers and winter Olympic Games as a track cyclist and speed skater. She reiterated the importance of reassuring the public, in Japan and abroad, of delivering a “Safe and secure” Olympic Games at the short speech to the committee.
The International Olympic Committee clearly stated that “With the appointment of a woman as president, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee is also sending a very important signal about gender equality, which is one of the topics we addressed in Olympic Agenda 2020, the reform program for the IOC and the Olympic Movement.”
It was on last Thursday where Mori commented that women talk too much, which caused international criticism that led him to resign on the very next day from the top position.
Since the nation is still struggling with gender equality, Mori who initially resisted calls to step down, had to pull back his decision, due to growing anger at his remarks and a petition drive led by a 22-year-old student and activist.
Among Advanced countries, out of 153 countries on the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Gap Index, Japan is positioned at No, 121 the worst ranking gap –scoring poorly on women’s participation and political empowerment.
About the selection of Hashimoto, Organisers have said that the new president is nominated with a deep understanding of gender equality and diversity and also on the ability to attain those values during the Olympic games.